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CORPUS IURIS CIVILIS CONTENTS:
SUPPLEMENTUM

In addition to the traditional five volumes of the Vulgate, the Godefroy editions include a sixth volume that provides various guides to the contents of the first five. Relatively little scholarly attention has been devoted to this volume. We offer here a brief description of the contents, as it appears in our edition of Lyon 1604. What we say here is probably equally applicable to other printings of the Godefroy edition, but we have not checked them to be sure.

The first and largest item in the volume is the Thesaurus Accursianus. It is short notes on the contents of the Accursian gloss in the style of the brief summaries that appear at the beginnings of chapters and titles of many sixteenth-century legal books and which frequently are gathered in alphabetical order at the beginning or end of the book. The summaries are similar to what modern Anglo-American lawyers call ‘head notes’, and like modern head notes, they tend to miss the subtleties in an effort to be concise and to find a ‘rule’. There is another feature of these collection of summaries that is more characteristic of the early modern period than it is of ours: Early modern indexing tends to the literal. Relatively little effort was made to alphabetize according to the main word rather than according whatever happened to be the first word in summary. In this regard our Thesaurus is better than most. The author does seem to have made some effort to identify the key words, which appear in larger type, and to arrange his summaries under them. These key words provide a clue as to what he thought the basic categories were, which are not necessarily the same as those which a modern Romanist or historian of early modern legal thought would think of as the basic categories.

The author of our Thesaurus is one Petrus Brosseus (Pierre Brosse, Pierre La Brosse), a relatively obscure jurist of the late sixteenth century. He was probably fairly young at the time. He dedicates his work to his father, who is described as councilor of the duke of Savoy, and seems to be very much alive. The dedicatory epistle is dated 1 February 1589.

The Thesaurus is followed by what is described as Index antiquae et novae legum interpretationis, also by Petrus Brosseus. This is a bibliographical guide to each element in the Corpus Iuris. All, or virtually all, of the leges are listed (sometimes broken down to the level of the paragraphus, accompanied by citations of the jurists after the glossators who had commented on this particular law, roughly from Bartolus to Brosseus’ own day. It is, of course, incomplete, but it is quite fulsome. It is a bit longer than just the citations would warrant because Brossueus includes almost all the leges even if he found no commentary on them. The citations to works on both the Digest and the Code are extensive. Those on the Code and the following parts may have originally been composed separately, because they bear a different title: Remissiones in Codicem, etc., but the nature of the work is the same. The Remissiones in Authenticas are disappointing; only the first collatio is included, though the authentics incorporated in the code are fully indexed. The work closes with a quite full list of remissiones on the two books of the Consuetudines Feudorum.

The Index is followed by a work called Notarum ad Accursium libri miscellanei, written by one Joannes Hennequin (Jean Hennequin). The dedicatory epistle to Claudius Hennequin, who is described as lord of ‘Berminville’1 and councilor of the king, is also dated 1 February 1589. The Notae, which are also described as animadversiones, is a highly critical commentary on the Accursian gloss, gloss by gloss, written from a humanist perspective.

1 I have been unable to identify this place. Just possibly it is Hermin, dép. Pas-de-Calais.

It is well known that the humanists, as a general matter, had no use for the glossators. They regarded the glossators’ Latin as insufficiently classical, their scholarship insufficiently grounded in study of the early manuscripts, and their learning uniformed by what could be learned from classical literature. By the time we reach Hennequin we may note a certain ambivalence. He prefaces his work with a brief page entitled De authoritate Glossae quaedam Doctorum testimonia, in which he recites the high regard that the practitioners of the mos italacus had for the gloss, and he does not say that they were wrong.

This ambivalence is even more obvious in the concluding work in the volume: Benedictorum Accursii liber singularis. The author never says that he is Hennequin, but he probably is. The title Benedicta (in the sense of ‘good sayings’ rather than ‘blessings’, but the ambiguity may be intentional) is taken from a work ascribed by Pomponius to the obscure Republican jurist Cascelius. The Benedicta is much shorter than the Notae, but it is in the same style. It goes on for several pages pointing out glosses in which Accursius ‘got it right’ from a humanist point of view.

The value of both works lies in their detail. It gathers together in one place both the humanists’ criticisms of specific glosses and also their occasional praise of specific glosses. Today, while we may admire the humanists’ learning, we also may regard them as insufficiently appreciative of the considerable imagination that both the glossators and the practitioners of the mos italicus brought to making the classical law useable as law in their own day.

The pagination of volume 6 of Lyon 1604 poses some challenges. The Thesaurus is not paginated; we have identified the pages by signature numbers. The alphabetical running heads provide a good guide to the lemmata. The Index is paginated (with one error, noted below) up through page 244, where at the beginning of signature y, it turns to column numbering, only to turn back to pagination, at page 343 (start of signature bb), the preceding column numbers being awkwardly adjusted to make them fit (noted in the metadata in the page delivery service). The Remissiones in Codicem begin again with page 1 (signature aa [bis], another indication that this work may have previously had a separate life. The Notae begin with unpaginated front matter (identified by their signature number). Pagination begins with page 1 and continues consistently to the end of the volume.

 

Tomus VI: Supplementum: Thesaurus Accursianus: front matter

 

ImageNo

SigNo

Content

5358

[sig. ¶ j r]

Title page

5360

[sig. ¶ ij r]

Dedicatory epistle of Petrus Brosseus to his father Johannes Brosseus, councilor of the duke of Savoy [1 February 1589]

5362

[sig. ¶ iij r]

Ad lectorem by Petrus Brosseus

5364

[sig. ¶ iiij r]

Preface to the entire volume by Denis Godefroy

5365

[sig. ¶ iiij v]

Index of authors cited

5366

sig. ¶ iiiij [r]

Index omium titulorum seu rubricarum

5377

[sig. ¶ x v]

Summa privilegii Caesaris [dated 1588]

5377

[sig. ¶ x v]

Extraict du privilege du Roy [dated 1588]

 

Tomus VI: Thesaurus Accusianus: alphabetical listing by the first letter of the lemma

 

ImageNo

SigNo

Content

5378

sig. A [j r]

Thesaurus selectarum sententiarum et dictionum iuris civilis quae passim in glossis Accursii occurrunt a Petro Brosseo nobili et Iurisconsulto collectus

5378

sig. A [j r]

Thesaurus: A

5399

[sig. B v v]

Thesaurus: B

5400

[sig. B vj r]

Thesaurus: C

5426

sig. E [j r]

Thesaurus: D

5450

sig. G [j r]

Thesaurus: E

5456

sig. G iiij [r]

Thesaurus: F

5467

[sig. H iij v]

Thesaurus: G

5469

[sig. H iiij v]

Thesaurus: H

5474

sig. I [j r]

Thesaurus: I/J

5503

[sig. L iij v]

Thesaurus: L

5514

sig. M iij [r]

Thesaurus: M

5527

[sig. N iij v]

Thesaurus: N

5534

sig. O [j r]

Thesaurus: O

5540

sig. O iiij [r]

Thesaurus: P

5577

[sig. R iiij v]

Thesaurus: Q

5581

[sig. R vj v]

Thesaurus: R

5592

[sig. S vj r]

Thesaurus: S

5614

[sig. V v r]

Thesaurus: T

5625

[sig. X iiij v]

Thesaurus: U/V

5640

[sig. Y vj r]

Thesaurus: [Finis]

 

Tomus VI: Index antiquae et novae legum interpretationis: listing by book of the Corpus

 

ImageNo

Col/PageNo

Content

5642

[p. 1]

Index antiquae et novae legum interpretationis Petri Brossei IC

5642

[p. 1]

Index interpretationis: D1

5660

p. 19b

Index interpretationis: D.2

5679

p. 38a

Index interpretationis: D.3

5690

p. 49a

Index interpretationis: D.4

5702

p. 61a

Index interpretationis: D.5

5709

p. 68b

Index interpretationis: D.6

5712

p. 71b

Index interpretationis: D.7

5719

p. 78b

Index interpretationis: D.8

5725

p. 84a

Index interpretationis: D.9

5731

p. 90a

Index interpretationis: D.10

5737

p. 96b

Index interpretationis: D.11

5742

p. 101b

Index interpretationis: D.12

5750

p. 109b

Index interpretationis: D.13

5756

p. 115b

Index interpretationis: D.14

5761

p. 120a

Index interpretationis: D.15

5765

p. 124a

Index interpretationis: D.16

5769

p. 128a

Index interpretationis: D.17

5776

p. 135a

Index interpretationis: D.18

5780

p. 139b

Index interpretationis: D.19

5785

p. 144b

Index interpretationis: D.20

5789

p. 148a

Index interpretationis: D.21

5793

p. 152b

Index interpretationis: D.22

5797

p. 156a

Index interpretationis: D.23

5802

p. 161a

Index interpretationis: D.24

5808

p. 167a

Index interpretationis: D.25

5811

p. 170a

Index interpretationis: D.26

5816

p. 175b

Index interpretationis: D.27

5820

p. 179a

Index interpretationis: D.28

5830

p. 189a

Index interpretationis: D.29

5836

p. 195b

Index interpretationis: D.30

5841

p. 200a

Index interpretationis: D.31

5844

p. 203b

Index interpretationis: D.32

5848

p. 207b

Index interpretationis: D.33

5854

p. 213a

Index interpretationis: D.34

5859

p. 218a

Index interpretationis: D.35

5866

p. 225a

Index interpretationis: D.36

5871

p. 214a

Index interpretationis: D.37

 

[recte p. 230a]

 

5876

p. 235a

Index interpretationis: D.38

5882

p. 241b

Index interpretationis: D.39

5889

col. 252

Index interpretations: D.40

5895

col. 263

Index interpretationis: D41

5900

col. 274

Index interpretationis: D.42

5904

col. 282

Index interpretationis: D.43

5909

col. 292

Index interpretationis: D.44

5914

col. 301

Index interpretationis: D.45

5920

col. 314

Index interpretationis: D.46

5926

col. 325

Index interpretationis: D.47

5931

col. 336

Index interpretationis: D.48

5941

p. 350

Index interpretationis: D.49

5945

p. 354

Index interpretationis: D.50

5952

p. 361b

Index interpretationis: D.50.16 De verborum significationibus

5965

p. 374a

Index interpretationis: D.50.17 De diversis regulis iuri antiqui

5970

col. 1

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.1

5979

col. 19

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.2

5986

col. 34

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.3

5995

col. 51

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.4

6011

col. 83

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.5

6023

col. 108

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.6

6041

col. 144

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.7

6056

col. 173

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.8

6073

col. 207

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.9

6083

col. 227

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.10

6094

col. 247

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.11

6099

col. 260

Remissiones in Codicem: CJ.12

6106

col. 273

Remissiones in Authenticas: Coll. 1

6110

col. 281

Remissiones in Institutiones: JI.1

6116

col. 293

Remissiones in Institutiones: JI.2

6121

col. 303

Remissiones in Institutiones: JI.3

6125

col. 311

Remissiones in Institutiones: JI.4

6130

col. 321

Remissiones in Consuetudines Feudorum: liber 1

6134

col. 329

Remissiones in Consuetudines Feudorum: liber 2

 

Tomus VI: Supplementum: Notae ad Accursianum: front matter

 

ImageNo

SigNo

Content

6142

[sig. mm j r]

Notarum ad Accursium libri miscellanei autore Ioanne Hennequin I.U.D.

6144

sig. mm ij [r]

Dedicatory epistle of Joannes Hennequin to Claudius Hennequin, lord of ‘Berminville’, councilor of the king [1 February 1589]

6145

[sig. mm ij v]

Ad lectorem

6147

[sig. mm iij v]

De authoritate Glossae quaedam Dotorum testimonia

6148

sig. mm iiij [r]

Elenchus authorum et interpretum iuris

6149

[sig. mm iiij v]

An ode to Ioannes Hennequin signed by ‘Th. Q. T. F.’

 

Tomus VI: Notarum ad Accursium libri miscellanei: listing by book of the Corpus

 

ImageNo

PageNo

Content

6150

[p. 1a]

Notae ad Accursium: D.proem

6152

p. 3b

Notae ad Accursium: D.1

6170

p. 21b

Notae ad Accursium: D.2

6182

p. 33a

Notae ad Accursium: D.3

6185

p. 36b

Notae ad Accursium: D.4

6188

p. 39b

Notae ad Accursium: D.5

6191

p. 42b

Notae ad Accursium: D.6

6192

p. 43a

Notae ad Accursium: D.7

6193

p. 44b

Notae ad Accursium: D.8

6196

p. 47a

Notae ad Accursium: D.9

6196

p. 47b

Notae ad Accursium: D.10

6196

p. 47b

Notae ad Accursium: D.11

6197

p. 48a

Notae ad Accursium: D.12

6202

p. 53a

Notae ad Accursium: D.13

6204

p. 55a

Notae ad Accursium: D.14

6205

p. 56a

Notae ad Accursium: D.15

6206

p. 57a

Notae ad Accursium: D.16

6209

p. 60b

Notae ad Accursium: D.17

6210

p. 61b

Notae ad Accursium: D.18

6211

p. 62a

Notae ad Accursium: D.19

6214

p. 65a

Notae ad Accursium: D.20

6215

p. 66a

Notae ad Accursium: D.21

6216

p. 67a

Notae ad Accursium: D.22

6219

p. 70a

Notae ad Accursium: D.23

6220

p. 71a

Notae ad Accursium: D.24

6223

p. 74b

Notae ad Accursium: D.25

6224

p. 75b

Notae ad Accursium: D.26

6225

p. 76b

Notae ad Accursium: D.27

6227

p. 78a

Notae ad Accursium: D.28

6231

p. 82a

Notae ad Accursium: D.30

6232

p. 83a

Notae ad Accursium: D.31

6233

p. 84b

Notae ad Accursium: [D.32]

6234

p. 85a

Notae ad Accursium: D.33

6235

p. 86b

Notae ad Accursium: D.34

6237

p. 88a

Notae ad Accursium: D.35

6237

p. 88b

Notae ad Accursium: [D.36]

6238

p. 89a

Notae ad Accursium: [D.37]

6240

p. 91a

Notae ad Accursium: D.38

6241

p. 92a

Notae ad Accursium: D.39

6243

p. 94b

Notae ad Accursium: D.40

6245

p. 96a

Notae ad Accursium: D.4[1]

6246

p. 97b

Notae ad Accursium: D.42

6250

p. 101a

Notae ad Accursium: D.43

6251

p. 102a

Notae ad Accursium: D.44

6252

p. 103b

Notae ad Accursium: D.45

6257

p. 108a

Notae ad Accursium: D.46

6259

p. 110a

Notae ad Accursium: D.47

6265

p. 116a

Notae ad Accursium: D.46

 

 

[recte D.49]

6266

p. 117b

Notae ad Accursium: D.50

6274

p. 125a

Notae ad Accursium: C.proem

6276

p. 127a

Notae ad Accursium: C.1

6282

p. 133a

Notae ad Accursium: C.2

6288

p. 139a

Notae ad Accursium: C.3

6293

p. 144b

Notae ad Accursium: C.4

6296

p. 147b

Notae ad Accursium: C.5

6298

p. 149a

Notae ad Accursium: C.6

6303

p. 154b

Notae ad Accursium: C.7

6304

p. 155a

Notae ad Accursium: C.8

6304

p. 155b

Notae ad Accursium: C.9

6307

p. 158a

Notae ad Accursium: C.10

6308

p. 159a

Notae ad Accursium: C.11

6309

p. 160a

Notae ad Accursium: C.12

6311

p. 162a

Notae ad Accursium: Nov.

6315

p. 166a

Notae ad Accursium: LF

6318

p. 169b

Notae ad Accursium: JI.1

6320

p. 171a

Notae ad Accursium: JI.2

6322

p. 173a

Notae ad Accursium: JI.3

6324

p. 175a

Notae ad Accursium: JI.4

6331

p. 182b

Additio ad superiores notas in glossas Digestorum et Codicis

 

Tomus VI: Benedictorum Accursii liber singularis: reference

 

6335

p. 186

Benedictorum Accursii Liber singularis

 

 

 


 

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