Latin, Provencal (to 1500). In Latin and old Provencal, rounded gothic book script.
1 v. (157 leaves); 34 cm.
Reported to: Bibliothèque Nationale pre-1600 manuscript census.
Composed of 3 distinct parts, the Statuta Antiqua, the Capitula Pacis (the peace treaties between Charles d'Anjou and the City of Marseilles), and the Statuta Facta Post Pacem, the statutes embrace every aspect of life in the Middle Ages. A partial list of topics include city government, courts and their operation, duties of city officials, regulation of commerce, treatment of foreigners, the public morality, import lists, and taxes.
In 1252 the Territory of Provence passed from German and Italian influence to that of France when Count Charles I of Anjou married Beatrice, heiress of Provence. He moved to Marseille and brought with him his own vicar to replace the podestat. The city was permitted to retain its existing statutes provided they be recorded and mutually agreed to. In 1265, 13 years later, this manuscript was copied by a notary from earlier versions worked on during the interim. Significant additions continued to be made in later hands, the last in 1317.