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  Constitutiones Clementinae  
Constitutiones Clementinae by Pope Clement V
Southern France, mid-14th century

Presentation Scene. The collection of laws compiled by Pope Clement V (12641314), which govern matters of faith and discipline for church members, is written in large letters in the central part of each leaf. Surrounding it in smaller letters are the glosses, or commentaries, of Johannes Andreae. The miniature shows a pope, probably John XXII, seated on a throne in a papal palace and receiving a copy of the book from Johannes Andreae.

Bryn Mawr College Library, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, MS 7, fol. 1

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