Brugge, cod. 528, fol. 15v: Five letter openings
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Five preambles with fragmentary publication clauses following Section IIIa of the Aurea Gemma <Gallica> in Brugges cod. 528, fol. 15v. Correspondances with phrasing of charters from Section IIIb (Admont cod. 759) of the Aurea Gemma <Gallica> are indicated here as following:

Larger type = 3b.59
Smaller type = 3b.60,63,66 and 3b.70,73,80 (Publication clauses)
Italic type = 3b.72
Bold type = 3b.79.

These five preambles were either composed by author of the last nine charters of the Aurea Gemma <Gallica> (3.55-84) or they were composed by someone taking these charters as a model. In either case, it is clear that the exemplar from which the Brugge manuscript was copied contained these charters.
(Correspondences are signalled in the edition of the Aurea Gemma <Gallica> 3b. 59-80 by larger type)

[1] Preciosus memorie thesaurus est scriptura, que rerum seriem loquitur immutabili veritate, obstaculum opponit calumpniis emergentibus inconvulsum, prona enim ad fallendum et lucri est avida presens etas, quam nil pudet dummodo iuvet, huius itaque rationis ego R. etc...

[2] Cupiditas, si nullis clauditur terminis, et sitit et habendi cupiditate magis et magis estuat. Inde est, quod ius laborat infringere et quod constanter factum est, suis compactionibus quassare, et quoniam unicum et ratum et firmum contra huius calumpnias est scriptura remedium, litteris mandare et ad posteros mittere decrevimus. Non ergo lateat etc...

[3] Fidelis est literarum custodia, que rerum actiones inconcussa veritate loquitur, et emergentibus calumpniis firma prebet obstaculum veritate. Presentis igitur scripta testimonio ad presentium posterumque notitiam transmittimus. Quod respondum etc...

[4] Fidelis est scripure custodia, que oblivionis medetur tenebris et viva voce rerum loquitur seriem, calumpniis ponit obstaculum em^suris. Huius intuitu rationis etc....

[5] Rerum seriem incommutabili veritate loquitur pagina, que scriptura exaratur. Emergentium itaque calumniarum infringit iaculam et precludit aditum, quem frabricat mens dolosa. Huius itaque intuitu rationis etc...

Letter opening no. 2 is also transmitted in Transmundus Introductiones in arte dictandi rec. B, Troyes, Bibl. mun. Ms. 893, 1ra-12vb (Clairvaux, ca. 1214-1218) at fol. 12ra-rb (model charter no. 5., bearing the rubric IDEM SECULARE DECRETUM). See ANN DALZELL ed. and tr. Transmundus Introductiones dictandi (Toronto 1995) Texts and Studies of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, vol. 123

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