Aurea Gemma <Gallica> 3a.1
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[3a.1] Charter1 is named from the town Cartino,2 where the use of charters was first invented. But it should be known that some charters contain bills of sale, others testimony of money lent, others exchanges of possessions, others emancipations of serfs, others privileges of persons or of cities or of churches. Here is an example of the first of these:


1 The five model charters of Section II (above Aurea Gemma <Gallica> 2.12-15, 2.17-19, 2.30-32, 2.34-36, 2.39-42) are here followed in both manuscripts by Section IIIa, a collection of ten model charters with some doctrine (3a.1,23-24). The first six charters of this collection are preceded either by short identifying remarks (3a.1,10,19,25,29) or by a rubric (3a.14); the final four charters have neither (3a.36-54). The first charter, a bill of sale, is followed by two alternative endings, with doctrinal explanations (3a.6-9). --- Brugge cod. 528 does not contain Section IIIb, a collection of nine charters without doctrine. With the exception of the first charter, all the charters of Section IIIb are preceded by an identifying rubric. The last paragraph of the treatise (3a.85) is found in both manuscripts. See previous note.

2 This etymology also appears above, Aurea Gemma <Gallica> 2.2.

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