Description This early copy of the Rule of the Knights Templar was created in the last quarter of the thirteenth century in the Arras-Douai region of French Flanders. Its original owner may have been a member of the Order of Dourges, and may have had a familial connection to "Gery dit de Bay," cited in a charter dated 1266 and inserted in the back of the manuscript. The addition of the charter, as well as later notations on the history of the manuscript and of the Templars themselves, make this a rich document.
Provenance Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Barrois, Lille, before 1831 ; Barrois Sale, Lille, 1849; purchased by Earl of Ashburnham, England, 1849; Ashburnham Sale, Sotheby's, London, June 10 1901, lot 56; purchased by Julius D. Ichenhauser, New York, 1901; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, early 20th century; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  inserted note dated June 6 1831 and Barrois number 234
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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