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Report No. a497

Simon de Bisignano

fl. 1174–1179

 

Alternative Names

Simon of Bisignano; Simon von Bisignano

 

Biography/Description

Taught canon law at Bologna during the 1170s. Besides his glosses, he composed a Summa on Gratian’s Decretum which was the first to make significant use of recent papal legislation (extravagantes). The work was completed c.1177–79.

 

Text(s)

 
No. 1

Glosses on the Decretum.

 
No. 2

Summa decretorum.

 

Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 2

Summa decretorum.

 
Manuscript

Augsburg, Staats- u. Stadtbibl. 1, fol. 1–72

 
 

Bamberg, Staatsbibl. Can. 38, fol. 2–54

 
 

Durham, Univ. Libr. Cosin V III.3, fol. 78ra–93vb (contains an abbreviated version of the Summa that ends at C. 8 q.1 c.15)

 
 

London, BL Royal 10 A III

 
 

London, BL Add. 24659, fol. 3–26v, 28–41 (omits C.15 q.7 – C.24)

 
 

London, Lambeth Palace Libr. 411

 
 

Paris, BN lat. 3934 A, fol. 56–101v (ends at De cons. D.4 c.86)

 
 

Roma, Bibl. Casanatense 1105, fol. 199–222v (ends at C.10 pr.)

 
 

Rouen, BM 710, fol. 64–117v

 
 

Wien, ÖNB 2121, fol. 84r (prologue in form of a marginal gloss)

 

Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Glosses on the Decretum.

 
Modern Editions

Many glosses have been edited and discussed by J. Juncker in ZRG Kan. Abt., 15 (1926) 326–500 (For a list of manuscripts, see also S. Kuttner, Repertorium 12; idem, ‘Bernardus Compostellanus Antiquus’ (1943) 281 n.12.)

 
No. 2

Summa decretorum.

 
Modern Editions

Prologue is printed by J. von Schulte in SB Wien, 63 (1869) 319–20 (See also S. Kuttner, Repertorium 12; idem, ‘Bernardus Compostellanus Antiquus’ Traditio 1 (1943) 281 n.12.)

 
 

Various passages from his commentary were published by J. Juncker in ZRG Kan. Abt., 15 (1926) 326–500.

 
 

Summa in Decretum Simonis Bisinianensis, ed. P. Aimone-Braida (MIC A:8; Città del Vaticano 2014).

 

Literature

O. Condorelli, ‘A proposito della Summa in Decretum di Simone da Bisignano edita da Pier V. Aimone Braida ’, BMCL, 32 (2015) 37–55.

J. Viejo-Ximénez, ‘Simón de Bisignano’, in Juristas universales 1.346–8.

R. Weigand, ‘The Development of the Glossa ordinaria to Gratian’s Decretum’, in The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140–1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, W. Hartmann and K. Pennington, ed. (History of Medieval Canon Law 6; Washington DC 2008) 64, 75, 97.

K. Pennington, ‘The Decretists: The Italian School’, in The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140–1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, W. Hartmann and K. Pennington, ed. (History of Medieval Canon Law 6; Washington DC 2008) 139–40.

C. Rider, Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages (Oxford 2006) 61–62.

T. Lenherr, Die Exkommunikations– und Depositionsgewalt der Häretiker bei Gratian und den Dekretisten bis zur Glossa ordinaria des Johannes Teutonicus (Münchener Theologische Studien 3, Kan. Abt. 42; München 1987) 215.

H. Müller, Der Anteil der Laien an der Bischofswahl: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Kanonistik von Gratian bis Gregor IX. (Kanonistische Studien und Texte 29; Amsterdam 1977) 87–89.

F. Liotta, La continenza dei chierici (Milano 1971) 99–105.

R. Benson, The Bishop–Elect: A Study in Medieval Ecclesiastical Office (Princeton 1968) 97, 104–5, 159.

R. Weigand, Die Naturrechtslehre der Legisten und Dekretisten von Irnerius bis Accursius und von Gratian bis Johannes Teutonicus (Münchener Theologische Studien 3, Kan. Abt. 26; 1967) 173–76 and passim.

J. Weitzel, Begriff und Erscheinungsformen der Simonie bei Gratian und den Dekretisten (Münchener Theologische Studien 3, Kan. Abt. 25; München 1967) 118–23.

R. Weigand, Die bedingte Eheschliessung im kanonischen Recht (Münchener Theologische Studien 3, Kan. Abt. 16; München 1963) 1.169–71.

W. Holtzmann, ‘Zu den Dekretalen bei Simon von Bisignano’, Traditio, 18 (1962) 450–59.

G. Couvreur, Les pauvres ont-ils des droits? Recherches sur le vol en cas d’extrême nécessité depuis la Concordia de Gratien (1140) jusqu’à Guillaume d’Auxerre († 1321) (Analecta Gregoriana 111; Roma 1961) 55.

S. Kuttner, ‘A Note on Manuscripts’, Traditio, 15 (1959) 498.

P. Legendre, ‘Miscellanea Britannica’, Traditio, 15 (1959) 494.

T. McLaughlin, ‘The extravagantes in the Summa of Simon de Bisignano’, (1958) 167–76.

S. Kuttner, ‘An Interim Checklist of Manuscripts’, Traditio, 11 (1955) 441.

S. Kuttner, ‘Bernardus Compostellanus Antiquus’, Traditio, 1 (1943) 281.

S. Kuttner, Repertorium 12, 148–49.

A. Lambert, ‘Bisignano, Simon de’, in DDC (1937) 2.9.

J. Juncker, ‘Die Summa des Simon von Bisignano und seine Glossen’, ZRG Kan. Abt., 15 (1926) 326–50.

J. von Schulte, QL 1.140–42.

J. von Schulte, ‘Geschichte der Literatur über das Dekret Gratians’, Sitzungsberichte der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, 63 (1869) 299–323.