Medieval manuscripts of the Dominicans of Toulouse
A total of 30 rare medieval manuscripts have gone on display for the first time in Toulouse.
The documents, which once belonged to monks of the Dominican order are part of a collection of 150 manuscripts, 500 printed works, and 20 'incunabula' - very rare printed books dating from before 1501.
Among the items on display at the Bibliothèque d’étude et du patrimoine are the depositions of suspected heretics during a year-long Inquisition trial in 1299, a examination of the 'interrogation practices' of one of the most notorious Inquisitors, Bernard Gui - and an instruction manual for trainee monks written in the 13th century.
The Dominican Order - one of the most important religious orders of the Medieval period - was founded in the Rose City in 1215 by Spanish canon Dominique de Guzman, who became Saint Dominic.
Dominicans prized education and writing, the exhibition's organisers said, citing a 13th-century principle that states: "Since books are our weapons … we must multiply them in the communal library." At the time of the Revolution in 1789, its library housed 18,000 volumes.
The exhibition "Medieval manuscripts of the Dominicans of Toulouse: memory of a library", is open until January 28. For more information, click here.
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