[Clement VII (Giulio de’ Medici), Pope (1478-1534)]. Letter of Indulgence.

Ferrara, 14. IV. 1531.

Folio (ca. 305 x 390 mm). 1 page. Printed form on vellum.

 3,500.00

Promoting the war against the Ottomans in Austria and Hungary by granting indulgence to all those who give financial support, calling Hungary the "bulwark of Christianity": "Notum sit quod sanctissimus in christu pater & dominus noster dominus Clemens divina providentia papa Septimus cercior factus quantis Turcharum copiis & insultibus non solum Hungarie regnum olim christianis propugnaculum & Austriae archiducatus nuper quaterentur: sed est pro dolor quam tum rei christianiae dispendium & iactura inminere dignum existimavit adversus tot tantos quam nominis christi crucis & ecclesie efferatos hostes & inimicos christifidelum expostulare auxilia [...] Nuper igitur hoc est sexto kal. Feb. Anno ab incarnato christo M.D.29 de dominorum Cardinalium consilio & affensum sancta crucia [...] cum amplissimis gratiis facultatibus concessionibus et indulgentiis in diversis christianorum regnis dominiis locis & nationibus [...] concessit [...]".

In addition, every prince, archbishop, bishop, and nobleman who pays a gold coin, as well as everybody else who pays 2 "Iullios" or whatever they acquire from donations, shall be rewarded with a portable altar: "Insuper concesit & indulsit ut utriusque sexus fideles & eorum singulari qui ut praefectus manus adiutrices porrexerint qui si principes, archiepiscopi, episcopi, domini de titulo unum florentum auri de camera, Alii vero omnes & singuli ita & religiosi etiam mendicantes etiam sine suorum superiorum licentia qui duos Iullios seu quantum collectori oblationum videbitur persolverint possint habere Altare portatile cum debitis reverentia & honore super quo in locis ad hoc congruentibus & honestis etiam non sacris [...]".

The present copy is issued to Giovanni de Massi and Giulio de Mauro, as well as to the latter's mother Bartholomea and his wife Camilla, who have already made their second payment in support of the crusade (their names added by hand). Papal monogram and the term "bulla cruciata" on verso.

Fairly substantial traces of worming with some loss.