M6410 Pope Clement V, Exivi de paradiso (the papal encyclical on Franciscan poverty which was promulgated at the Council of Vienne, 6 May 1312), leaf from a large manuscript in Latin, on parchment [France (perhaps Vienne), first half of fourteenth century]
Single leaf, with double columns, 38 lines of a rounded early gothic bookhand, influenced by university script but somewhat later, capitals touched in red, paragraph marks in red, 300 by 195 mm.
This is most probably from a codex once containing the whole Constitutiones Clementinae . This leaf here contains a substantial part of the Exivi de paradiso , the document in which Clement V extended papal acknowledgement and his personal affection towards the newly founded Franciscan Order (Clement V noting that since a youth the “professors of this kind of rule” have inflamed his pious devotion), and setting out the guidelines of aesthetic poverty for them. The parent codex was presumably produced at the time of the Council of Vienne or soon after, perhaps in Vienne itself, for a wealthy Franciscan community.