Hugh Ripelin, Compendium Theologicae Veritatis, France, c. 1300

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Seven hundred years ago, this manuscript was a textbook for a theology student at the University of Paris: the university was a medieval invention, and Paris had the most widely regarded institution in Europe by 1300. The manuscript contains a basic introduction to theology by Hugh Ripelin, a Dominican theologian whose works were even more popular with students than those of his better-known contemporary, Thomas Aquinas. The script is a compressed textualis, handy for fitting large volumes of text into small spaces; the manuscript has been broken up and made easier to read, however, through rubrication that denotes the beginning of each book, chapter, section, and sentence.

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