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Report No. r361

Johannes de Lignano

1320–1383

 

Alternative Names

Giovanni da Legnano (LC); Joannes de Lignano; Giovanni Legnani

 

Biography/Description

Born c.1320, Johannes studied canon law at Bologna under Paulus de Liazariis. He received a doctorate in canon law in 1351 and became the ordinary lecturer on the Gregorian Decretals, the extraordinary on the Sext and the Clementines, the same year. Since 1352, he appears as doctor utriusque iuris. J. was also engaged in civic business and politics in Bologna, which was rewarded with the Bolognese citizenship in 1378. He died in 1383.

 

Text(s)

 
No. 1

Concordantia canonum.

 
No. 10

De decimis.

 
No. 11

De arbore consanguinitatis et affinitatis.

 
No. 12

De emptione et uenditione.

 
No. 13

De testibus.

 
No. 14

Summa de confessione.

 
No. 15

De alimentis.

 
No. 16

Tractatus minoritarum.

 
No. 17

Consilia.

 
No. 18

Somnium.

 
No. 2

Commentaria in Clementinas.

 
No. 3

Commentaria in decretales.

 
No. 4

De horis canonicis.

 
No. 5

De censura ecclesiastica.

 
No. 6

De beneficiorum pluralitate.

 
No. 7

De interdicto ecclesiastico.

 
No. 8

De appellationibus beneficialibus.

 
No. 9

De statutis.

 

Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Concordantia canonum.

 
Manuscript

Göttingen, Niedersächsische Staats- u. Universitätsbibl. Luneb. 52, fol. 79–212

 
 

München, BSB Clm 16186, fol. 1–44

 
No. 10

De decimis.

 
Manuscript

Trier, Stadtbibl. 720, fol. 214v–220

 
No. 11

De arbore consanguinitatis et affinitatis.

 
Manuscript

Città del Vaticano, BAV Ross. 1061.1, fol. 42–46v

 
No. 12

De emptione et uenditione.

 
Manuscript

Arras, BM 896

 
 

Basel, Universitätsbibl. C.III.32

 
 

Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 897, fol. 205–208v, 210–212v

 
 

Trier, Stadtbibl. 969, fol. 46–47

 
No. 13

De testibus.

 
Manuscript

Città del Vaticano, BAV Vat. lat. 10726, fol. 133–140v

 
 

Città del Vaticano, BAV Ross. 1061.2, fol. 57v–61 (Fragmentary)

 
 

Wien, ÖNB 5091, fol. 1–6v

 
No. 14

Summa de confessione.

 
Manuscript

Padova, Bibl. Univ. 2107, fol. 50–83v

 
No. 15

De alimentis.

 
Manuscript

Toledo, Arch. Cap. 32–29

 
No. 17

Consilia.

 
Manuscript

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No. 18

Somnium.

 
Manuscript

Bernkastel-Kues, Bibl. St. Nikolaus Hospitals 256, fol. 1–89v

 
 

Bernkastel-Kues, Bibl. St. Nikolaus Hospitals 257, fol. 49–64v

 
 

Città del Vaticano, BAV Vat. lat. 2639, fol. 247r–273v

 
 

Città del Vaticano, BAV Vat. lat. 11496, fol. 4–112

 
 

Madrid, BN 449, fol. 113r–171v

 
 

Madrid, BN 735, fol. 1–77v

 
 

Napoli, BN III.A.9, fol. 52–71

 
 

Valencia, Bibl. Catedral 45, fol. 200r–248r

 
No. 2

Commentaria in Clementinas.

 
Manuscript

Città del Vaticano, BAV Chigi. E.VIII.241, 1ra–155vb

 
 

Milano, Bibl. Trivulz. Nuovi Acq. 10, Coll. A 36

 
No. 3

Commentaria in decretales.

 
Manuscript

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No. 4

De horis canonicis.

 
Manuscript

(For MS copies, cf. Traditio 23 (1967) 419–20, 432–33)

 
No. 5

De censura ecclesiastica.

 
Manuscript

Città del Vaticano, BAV Vat. lat. 2639, fol. 275r–292v (Other manuscripts seem to depend on this text.)

 
No. 7

De interdicto ecclesiastico.

 
Manuscript

Città del Vaticano, BAV Vat. lat 2639, fol. 292v–300v (Other manuscripts seem to depend on this text.)

 
No. 8

De appellationibus beneficialibus.

 
Manuscript

Bernkastel-Kues, Bibl. St. Nikolaus Hospitals 264, fol. 158–161

 
 

Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 1055, fol. 7–8v, 13–17

 
 

Wien, Schottenstift Bibl. 346, fol. 51–56v

 
No. 9

De statutis.

 
Manuscript

London, BL Royal 10.B,IX fol. 237r–245v

 

Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 4

De horis canonicis.

 
Early Printed Editions

De horis canonicis. Roma, 1475.

 
 

Tractatus ex variis iuris interpretibus. Lyon, 1549, 15.411-412v.

 
 

Tractatus universi iuris. Venice: F. Ziletti, 1584, 15.558-559v.

 
No. 5

De censura ecclesiastica.

 
Early Printed Editions

De censura ecclesiastica. Milano, 1502-25.

 
 

Tractatus ex variis iuris interpretibus. Lyon, 1549, 16.227-48.

 
 

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 14.307v-25, 335-38.

 
No. 6

De beneficiorum pluralitate.

 
Early Printed Editions

De beneficiorum pluralitate. Louvain, 1475.

 
 

De beneficiorum pluralitate. Paris, 1477.

 
 

De beneficiorum pluralitate. Paris, 1486.

 
 

De beneficiorum pluralitate. Louvain, 1493.

 
 

De beneficiorum pluralitate. Paris, 1512.

 
 

De beneficiorum pluralitate. Bologna, 1515.

 
 

Tractatus de pluribus doctoribus. Lyon, 1519.

 
 

De beneficiorum pluralitate. Lyon, 1522.

 
 

Tractatus ex variis iuris interpretibus. Lyon, 1549, 15.127v-29v.

 
 

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 15.110v-12.

 
No. 7

De interdicto ecclesiastico.

 
Early Printed Editions

De interdicto ecclesiastico. .Printed together with De censura ecclesiastica.

 

Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 16

Tractatus minoritarum.

 
Modern Editions

Ed. F. Margiotta Broglio in SG, 14 (1967) 396–436 (from MS Città del Vaticano, Vat. Chigi E.viii.241).

 
No. 18

Somnium.

 
Modern Editions

Somnium, ed. G. Voltolina (Legnano 2004) (My thanks to Dr. Voltolina for providing me with this information. The edition also contains articles by Giorgio D’Ilario and Maria Consiglia De Matteis..)

 
No. 2

Commentaria in Clementinas.

 
Modern Editions

Quellen zur Geschichte des römisches-kanonisches Prozesses im Mittelalter, ed. L. Wahrmund (Innsbruck 1928) 4.6 (Edits Johannes’s comment on the constitution Saepe (Clem. 5.11.2)..)

 

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