Omne Datum Optimum - Knights Templar Papal Bull
Pope Innocent II issued a Papal Bull (official edict from the Pope) in 1139, granting certain privileges to the Knights Templar. We have chosen to recreate that Bull (so named for the bulla, or seal attached to the bottom) in Latin and in English.
The two documents are printed on 17" x 11" parchment with two pieces joined and the stabilizer piece at the bottom for the Bull. Red crosses adorn each corner and the Papal Rota is present giving Innocent's name and motto in Latin. The Pope's Coat of Arms has been placed over the Papal Keys and Crown like the one from the period and we have used the azure and or colors of the Papareschi family from which Innocent II hailed. The Bull or Seal bears his name and images of St. Paul and St. Peter with SPASPE for their initials on the reverse and is made with a core of recycled cellulose fiber and faux silver wax and is approx. 50mm in diameter. The originals would have been made of lead and often fell off due to weight. Ours follows the more primitive pattern that would have been present on this Bull from the period and we have used hemp cordage for suspending it like the originals of the period. These seals were not as stylized as the ones issued by later Popes. Please allow for minor differences as each seal is hand made. Please refer to last photo for close reference.
A wonderful gift for the fan of the Knights Templar and a difficult to find item at that. Document will be shipped rolled. Rolled documents will be secured by a textured paper cuff in red.
Please note that this sale is for the two copies of the Papal Bull issued by Innocent II. All other items are for photographic prop purposes only and are not for sale. Thanks for looking!