The style of the illumination and the script date the leaf to between 1160 and 1165. In November 1164, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, took refuge at Pontigny as a result of his conflict with King Henry II of England. During his stay, Becket immersed himself in the study of church law, as evidenced by his later use of citations from the Decretum. This leaf could have been part of the original manuscript Becket consulted. The volume was later dismembered following the suppression of the monastery during the French Revolution in the late 18th century.

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Single Leaf from a Decretum by Gratian: Decorated Initial Q[uidam habens filium obtulit] and Quadruple Arcade with Concordance of Greek and Latin Alphabets, c. 1160-1165

ink and tempera on vellum, Sheet: 44.80 x 32.00 cm (17 5/8 x 12 9/16 inches); Framed: 63.50 x 48.26 cm (25 x 19 inches); Matted: 55.85 x 40.64 cm (21 15/16 x 16 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1954.598

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