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Brief
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[German Version]

The brief (breve) that is expedited through the (papal) state secretariat basically contains shorter texts of lesser importance than bullae, whereby only certain topics are deemed appropriate for bulls. The style is also more direct (fewer stipulations). Further differences exist with respect to the material (parchment) and the structuring of the content. The intitulatio begins with the name of the pope and continues with the servus servorum Dei and the inscriptio with the blessing of the addressee. There follows the stipulation ad perpetuam rei memoriam, then th…

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Puza, Richard, “Brief”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02369>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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