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Patrick Nold

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268757.001.0001

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The Letter of Perugia

The Letter of Perugia

(p.91) 6 The Letter of Perugia
Pope John XXII and his Franciscan Cardinal


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This chapter focuses on the investigation of the content of the two Perugia texts, which were produced in a relatively short period of time. It explains that the Littera is the first text of Perugia and that it is a fairly short declaration of dogmatic truth. It adds that the Littera answers an unqualified and resounding ‘no’ to the question posed by the Pope, and states that the proposition is not heretical, but ‘sound, catholic, and faithful’. It clarifies that the Littera not only cites Nicholas III's bull, but highlights Exiit's canonical pedigree, pointing out that it had been incorporated into canon law in the Liber Sextus of Pope Boniface VIII. It also examines the longer text of Perugia entitled Declaratio Magistrotum, issued three days after the first.

Keywords:   Littera, Exiit, Liber Sextus, Declaratio Magistrotum, Nicholas III, Pope Boniface VIII, letter of Perugia

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