Monday, June 15, 2015

"Rectum vel Judiciam"

I do still wonder why the Salisbury Cathedral copy of Magna Charta reads "rectum vel iudiciam" in Chapter 40, unlike the other two surviving (and still-legible) copies of that original, 1215 edition.  Those other two copies read, "rectum aut iudiciam".

I assume that it is nothing more than an error made by someone who was responsible for writing out the words on each copy, but I am still curious.  I have not yet looked into whether anyone else has investigated it.  Once I have done that, I will report on what I find.  (Also, if anyone reading this knows what, if anything, those who may have already investigated this have discovered, please let me know.  Thank you.)

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