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Report No. t076

Jodocus Damhouderius

1507-1581

 

Alternative Names

Jodocus Damhouderius, Brugensis; Joost de Damhoudere; Joos de Damhouder

 

Biography/Description

J.’s given name was spelled in many different ways; modern biographers seem to have settled on ‘Joos’. J. studied law at Leuven and Orléans, emerging with a licentiate in both laws. He practiced law in Brugge, and held various magistracies, ultimately becoming a member of the council of finance of the Hapsburg Netherlands, a position that he held from 1552–1575. He is best known for his Praxis rerum criminalium, a work that was translated into Dutch, French, and German and was influential in developing European criminal practice. He also wrote a complementary Praxis rerum civilium. Modern scholarship has not been kind to J. He claimed a doctorate in law that he never seems to have earned, and both Praxis works turn out to have been largely plagiarized from unpublished works by one Filips Wielant. The Patrocinium pupillorum, minorum et prodigum (TUI 1584 t. 6.1) and the Subhastationum compendiosa exegesis (TUI 1584 t. 8.2), however, do seem to be genuine works of his.

Source: J. van Rompaye, in Nationaal Biografisch Woordenboek.

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Text(s)

 
No. 01

Commentaria de pupillorum, minorum et prodigorum interesse.

 
No. 02

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum improbe administrantium periculis.

 
No. 03

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum liberatione.

 
No. 04

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum mercede.

 
No. 05

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum ratione, eiusdem tempore, modo, atque forma.

 
No. 06

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum rationis instificatione.

 
No. 07

Subhastationum compendiosa exegesis capitatim distincta.

 
No. 08

Tractatus pupillorum patrocinium, seu commentaria.

 

Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 01

Commentaria de pupillorum, minorum et prodigorum interesse.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.379va.

 
No. 02

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum improbe administrantium periculis.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.385rb.

 
No. 03

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum liberatione.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.381vb.

 
No. 04

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum mercede.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.377vb.

 
No. 05

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum ratione, eiusdem tempore, modo, atque forma.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.371vb.

 
No. 06

Commentaria de tutorum et curatorum rationis instificatione.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.376rb.

 
No. 07

Subhastationum compendiosa exegesis capitatim distincta.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 6.1.77ra.

 
No. 08

Tractatus pupillorum patrocinium, seu commentaria.

 
Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.351va.