1507 Latin Indulgence for Funds for the Building of St. Peter’s Basilica

Julius II (b. 1443, r. 1503–1513).
[Indulgence for Raising Funds for the Basilica of St. Peter, in Latin].
Universis presentes litteras inspecturis pateat. Quod propter contributionem elimosinariam factam in subsidium favrice Appostolorum Principis in Romana Urbe: Concessum est.
Rome: Johann Besicken, ca. 1507.
Broadside, printed on paper.
(BRA1993)

Bridwell Library holds the unique copy of this indulgence printed circa 1507 to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. Purchased by those seeking remission of their sins, indulgences came to be severely criticized by the early sixteenth century. Abuses of indulgences, such as their unlimited promotion without need for penance, led Luther to condemn their sale entirely.