Registri matrimonialium et diversorum, ca. 1410-1411, 1438-1890

Catholic Church Poenitentiaria Apostolica


100 linear m. (746 v.)..
Subseries are: Bolle (1569-1890) -- Suppliche (1410-1411, 1438-1585).
This series includes two distinct but related subseries: registers of supplications (suppliche) granted, and registers of bulls (bolle) produced by the office of the Penitentiary from about 1410 to 1890. From 1410 to 1569 the series consists solely of supplications. The bulls commence in 1569 with the reform of the Penitentiary by Pius V. The two series dovetail for a period of sixteen years until the registers of supplications end in the first year of the pontificate of Sixtus V (1585). Register 27 of the supplications was not produced by the Penitentiary, but by the papal secretaries Leonardo Grifo and Andrea da Trebisonda and properly belong between Registra Vaticana 670 and 671 (cf. Tamburini below, where the index to this volume is published). Register 162 contains letters and approved supplications by Poenitentiarius Maior Carlo Borromeo.
The bulls primarily concern matrimonial dispensations. They were prepared in the office of minor graces of the Penitentiary, but they were sent through the Chancery. These records were transferred from the Penitenzieria Apostolica (Via della Conciliazione 34, Rome, Italy) in 1980.
This record was created by the University of Michigan Vatican Archives Project which ended in 1992. The collection described in this record may have been further processed by Vatican Archives staff so that the information may no longer be current. Consult the Vatican Archives staff for current access information. The final report of the University of Michigan Vatican Archives Project is found in: Vatican archives : an inventory guide to historical documents of the Holy See / Francis X. Blouin, Jr., general editor. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Special permission from the Apostolic Penitentiary is required to consult these records. No photocopying or microfilming is permitted.
Pasztor (1970) p. 351.
Poenitentiaria Apostolica. Registri Matrimonialium et Diversorum.
There are two Prospetti to this series available on request at the desk in the main ASV reading room. These Prospetti provide a brief volume listing, including the current number, subseries (bolle or suppliche), and pontificate(s). The dates in these prospetti, which were taken from the spines or guard pages, may be approximate. The prospetti also contain a listing of other Poenitentiaria Apostolica series. These are not official ASV finding aids and must be used in consultation with the ASV staff.
Forms part of Catholic Church. Poenitentiaria Apostolica.
Tamburini, Filippo, "Il Primo Registro di Suppliche dell'Archivio della Sacra Penitenitenzieria Apostolica, 1410-1411" in Rivista di Storia della Chiese in Italia 11 (1969): 384-427. This article dates, analyzes, and publishes two examples from initial register in this series. Tamburini then describes the structure of the Penitentiary, its functionaries, and the process of approval and registration of supplications. This article serves as a good orientation to the series.
Goller, E., "Die paepstliche Ponotentiarie von ihrem Ursprung bis zu ihrer Umgestaltung unter Pius V," in Bibliothek des Koeniglichen Preussischen Historischen Instituts in Rom, III-IV, VII-VIII (Rome, 1907). This is the classic monographic study.
Tamburini, Filippo, "Un registro di bolle di Sisto IV nell'Archivio della Penitenzieria Apostolica," in Studi in onore di G. Battelli (Rome, 1979). This article discusses register 27.
Tamburini, Filippo, L'Archivio della Penitenzieria Apostolica e il Primo registro delle Suppliche (1410-1411) (Rome: Multigrafia Brunetti, 1969) (Master's Thesis, Pontifical Lateran University, Faculty of Theology).
Haskins, Ch. H., "The sources for the History of the papal Penitentiary" in American Journal of Theology 9 (1905): 423-424.
Lea, H.C., A Formulary of the Papal Penitentiary in the Thirteenth Century (Philadelphia, 1892).

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