Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 353: Petrus de Vinea, Summa dictaminis
Petrus de Vineis
280 Height (mm) and 206 Width (mm)
[ca. 1300 - 1399]
At the bottom of f. 1r in a large scrawling hand (xiv): Liber quondam magri Willi de Swepston quem contulit ecclesie de Burton magr Wills frater ipsius pro anima eius.
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CCCC MS 353 contains a fourteenth-century copy of the Summa dictaminis of Petrus de Vinea (d. 1249). The Summa, a collection of de Vinea's letters, are broadly concerned with the art of politics and, in particular, the relations between the emperor and the papacy in the early and mid-thirteenth century. No doubt this was what attracted Parker to the manuscript, concerned as he was with the relationship between church and state. A donation inscription records that the book was given to the church at Burton by William de Swepston, possibly (though not certainly) indicating that this volume was once at the Benedictine abbey of the Blessed Virgin and St Modwenna at Burton on Trent.