De doctrina privilegiorum 7
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[7.] DOCTRINE OF THE DECREES OF SECULAR PERSONS.

[7.1] Decrees of secular nobles would seem to have only this foundation, that they can make a page of steadfastness concerning that alone which they have granted to some place, person or church. At the end they should oblige themselves and their heirs by threat of some temporal punishment.1

[7.2] These preambles can be employed by these noblemen: The intention to do holy works should be quickly brought to completion, lest the desired reward be withdrawn, the intention having perished due to human fragility, or this: Those indulgences which are granted to holy places by affection of divine piety should be established with extreme stability and should be recalled by no attack.


1 On the laudatio parentum, see STEPHAN WHITE Custom, Kinship, and Gifts to the Saints (Chapel Hill 1988).  

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