The beautiful Latin MS 198 of the John Rylands Library preserves one of two currently known manuscript copies of the Servite Lorenzo Opimo of Bologna’s Scriptum on the Sentences, the only such text by a Servite that survives. In 1494, the Chapter General of the Servite Order made Lorenzo the order’s teaching doctor, since the representatives declared that his work, primarily his questions on the Sentences, would be required reading for Servite students and masters of theology. No doubt as a result, Lorenzo’s Scriptum was printed in Venice in 1532. To most medieval intellectual historians, the printing, the author, and even the religious order are virtually unknown. This two-part article puts this unique text in its doctrinal and institutional context. Part I argues that Lorenzo delivered his Sentences lectures at the University of Paris in 1370–71, presents and analyses the tradition of the three textual witnesses, and offers a question list.
, Theologian of the Cathedral; and Don Monsignor, Brother Archangelo of the Servite order. The doctors of law were Annibali Spaccini, Francesco Grattito, Lodovico Cattaneo, Jacopinos Leone and Don Alfonso Lovolo. It is not clear whether these canonists were clergy of any kind. 44 Martin, Witchcraft, p. 220 notes that in Venice although whipping was rarely used as a punishment in the seventeenth century, it was usually carried out in the vicinity where the offender lived to ensure the greatest humilation for him or her. 45 See ASMoFIP 83 f.10, 1627. 46 Ibid., f.19