Medieval Law Manuscripts At New College, Oxford
New College Library holds a fine collection of Legal Manuscripts. Most of them originate from the 14th and 18th centuries, but there are important exceptions. Notable amongst these are a 12th century Decretum of Gratian and a 13th century copy of the Decretals of Gregory IX. Gratian’s work is a text that reconciles contradictory Canon Laws, dealing not only with legal questions, but also with ethics and dogma. The library also holds a valuable collection of Justinians Works and Institutions (14th century), the works of several Popes (Innocent IV, Boniface VIII etc.), and a collection of original warrants issued under Edward VI.