In prima parte agitur de iusticia
A title has been erased, and one of cent. xvi inserted
Decretum abbreuiatum sigillatim cuncta attingens
A fine initial I in gold and colour on blue
Text begins. At the top a xvith cent, title
, written over erasure
Humanum genus duobus regitur
There is a splendid initial mostly in blue and vermilion on gold: it contains the
small white lions which often mark the work of Christ Church,
Canterbury. The whole is edged with green. Smaller initials alternately blue
and red. Each Causa has a fine initial; some are decorative, some figured.
The latter shall be specified
Opposite a sentence about the bad pronunciation of readers, is a sketch
(xiv?) of a monk's head: with book on desk, inscribed In principio erat verbum etc.
Causa I Abbot in purple with crosier, throned on L. Bearded man on R.
presents a small boy in red tunic and a bowl full of silver : gold
Causa VI Bishop in white seated between two litigants
Causa VII Bishop in bed, hand to face: another bishop (a substitute)
bends over him, two men at head and foot weep
Causa VIII (Medallions of beasts)
Causa XIII In C. two men one with sheaf, the other with lamb. On R.
and on L. four tonsured clerics, two and two, those on R. hold out hands to receive
offerings, those on L. point back to L. The men in C. have been driven from their old
diocese and moved to another, but still cultivate their old lands. Tithes are claimed by
XV A tonsured man in short tunic smites
one on R. on the head with a club: a woman stands with arms out in
Causa XVI Abbot in purple habit with crosier seated, under
architecture: lamp hangs above: two monks behind him. Two secular clerics seated on L.
XX Abbot with crosier throned on R. On L.
kneel two tonsured boys, one in blue cowl (a willing novice), the other looking back at
his father on L. (unwilling)
Causa XXVII A maiden in red in C. (who has vowed not to marry, and
repented). A youth on R. holding sword puts his arms round her neck to lead her away. A
bearded man (former betrothed) on L. protests, holding her hand
XXXI. Man and woman on R. embrace. Man in
C. lays hands on woman and looks back at older man on L. (a daughter promised by her
father to one, and given to another)
Causa XXXV Above a man at table, a woman in blue on L. (his wife)
hands him a dish. Below two men lay a shrouded corpse (the first wife) in the grave. A
cross in C. All the figures are half-length
A full-page painting of a man with white beard and hair in purple-grey robe over
white, red hose, and black shoes, both patterned: on patterned blue ground: coloured
frame. In front of his body is a tree of affinity formed of (blank) white medallions set
in a gold frame
Causa XXXVI Above, youth and maid at table, servants on R. and in
front. Below, youth and maid in bed
a nisi quod uiderit patrem facientem
Three quarters of the leaf is cut away