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Country Code GB
Repository Code 231
Repository University of Aberdeen Special Libraries and Archives
Reference GB231/MS 3
Title Gregory I: Registrum
Dates late 12th - early 13th century
Access Status Open
Description Fourteen books of letters; canons of certain councils.This is a collection of Gregory's correspondence, arranged in 14 books, part of a collection originally at St Paul's, presented by Thomas Reid.
Level Fonds
Extent 0.06 linear metres
Admin History Saint Gregory I (Saint Gregory the Great) (540 - 604) was born to a wealthy family in Rome in around 540. By the age of 30 he held Rome's highest civil office, prefect, and he was, from 579, ambassador at Constantinople. Gregory had also felt called to monasticism and converted his home into a convent. In around 586 he became an abbot, and he served as chief advisor to Pelagius II. When the latter died he was elected pope (590) despite his chronic illness. As pope Gregory is best known for his enforcement of papal supremacy and the strengthening of the temporal position of the pope. His defence of Rome during an attack by the Lombards demonstrated the ability of the papacy to defend itself without direct assistance from the emperor. Gregory also encouraged monasticism and insisted on clerical celibacy. He was the author of several works including 'Moralia', commentaries, and lives of saints, such as of St Benedict, which remained widely read throughout the Middle Ages. He died in 604.
Copyright Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation. Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
Creator Name Gregory I (540-604); Saint, pope
Finding Aids See M. R. James, 'A Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the University Library Aberdeen' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1932)
Physical Description No physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Language Latin
Associated Persons
NA16532Gregory I
NA15907St. Paul's Cathedral Library
NA15903Thomas Reid
 

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