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Manuscript on parchment. The original part of the manuscript consists of artt. 1, 2, 7 and 8; artt. 3-6 are additions written on blank pages at the end of quire XVI. Lower edge of many leaves damaged, with loss of text. The final pages worn and smudged.
The Cistercian abbey of Fitero (between Pamplona and Tudela) was perhaps also the place where the manuscript was made, as one of the scribes would be the Fitero scribe E mentioned in C. Monterde Albiac, Coleccion diplomatica del monasterio de Fitero (1140-1210) (Zaragoza, 1978).
Copied by various hands in Iberian Praegothica: articles 1, 2, 7 and 8 are copied by one hand in bold solemn script; artt. 3 and 5 have irregular handwriting by several hands; art. 4 is copied in bold script resembling the main hand; art. 6 is in a definitely different script with long ascenders and descenders.
The original sections (articles 1, 2, 7 and 8) have red headings and red decorative line-fillers; 1-line plain initials and numerous 2-line (sometimes 3- or 4-line) plain or flourished initials or litterae duplices intermingled. Many round initials such as C, D, O, Q are filled with a human face (face initials); in art. 7 some initials I are zoomorphic and take the shape of a fish (ff. 127r, 134r). Red and purple initials normally alternate. Art. 4 has red initials. The remaining articles are undecorated.
Binding: Limp parchment ca. 1800 with remains of two leather ties. On the spine the hand-written title Charta charitatis, liber usuum et institut. Ordinis S. Bernardi. M.S. At the bottom of the spine a label with the handwritten modern number 1280.
ff. i + 148 + i : parchment ; 230 x 160 mm.
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