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Report No. r533

Simon de Borsano

d. 1381

 

Alternative Names

Simone de Borsano

 

Biography/Description

From a Milanese family, Simon studied and taught canon law at various universities, especially in Padua and Bologna, with Aegidius de Bellamera as his foremost student. In 1371, Pope Gregory XI made him archbishop of Milan. He may, however, never have set foot into his diocese. Instead, he continued to serve on papal missions and was rewarded with the cardinalate in 1375. His political attachments since the outbreak of the great schism in 1378 are rather unclear. Only towards his death in 1381 did he publicly side with the Avignonese cause. Among his literary works, there survive two commentaries on portions of the Liber Sextus, composed at Padua in 1360 and 1371, and his lectura on the Clementines (c.1360–70).

 

Text(s)

 
No. 1

Lectura Clementinarum.

 
No. 2

Commentum super cap. Possessor, tit. De regulis iuris. (VI [5.13].2).

 
No. 3

Commentum super cap. Privilegium, tit. De regulis iuris. (VI [5.13].7).

 

Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Lectura Clementinarum.

 
Manuscript

Firenze, Bibl. Laurenz. Aedil. 55, fol. 123r–266v

 
No. 2

Commentum super cap. Possessor, tit. De regulis iuris.

 
Manuscript

Firenze, Bibl. Laurenz. Aedil. 55, fol. 267r–277r

 
No. 3

Commentum super cap. Privilegium, tit. De regulis iuris.

 
Manuscript

Città del Vaticano, BAV Vat. lat. 2638, fol. 225rb

 
 

Paris, BN lat. 9634, fol. 121rb

 

Literature

G. Pistarino, ‘Tra i manoscritti degli statuti di Mendatica’, Palaeographica Diplomatica et Archivistica. Studi in onore di Giulio Battelli (Storia e Letteratura, 140; Roma 1979) 2.445–467.

H.-J. Becker, ‘Simone da Borsano, ein Kanonist am Vorabend des Grossen Schismas’, Rechtsgeschichte als Kulturgeschichte: Festschrift für Adalbert Erler zum 70. Geburtstag (Aalen 1976) 217–36.

D. Maffei, ‘Dottori e studenti nel pensiero di Simone da Borsano’, SG, 15 (1972) 229–49.

D. Maffei, ‘La “Lectura Clementinarum” di Simone da Borsano’, Studi in onore di Francesco Santoro Passarelli (Napoli 1972) 6.529–40.

I. Walter, ‘Brossano (Borsano), Simone da’, in DBI (1972) 14.470–74 (online).

D. Maffei, ‘La Biblioteca di Gimignano Inghirami e la “Lectura Clementinarum” di Simone da Borsano’, Proceedings Strasbourg (MIC C–4; Città del Vaticano 1971) 229–36.

A. Coville, Recherches sur quelques écrivains du XIVe et du XVe siècle. Deux canonistes: Simon de Brossano et Gilles Bellemère (Paris 1935) 11–57.