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date: 08 March 2021

Ambrosiana. 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Author(s):
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

The Ambrosian Library at Milan, founded c.1605 by Federico Borromeo (1564–1631), was one of the first large libraries to be open to the public without distinction. The books were originally protected from theft by the severest ecclesiastical penalties, the removal of a book being a sin from which only the Pope could absolve. Borromeo sent agents all over the world to collect MSS, and ... ...

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