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Report No. a020

Adamus Alderbacensis

fl. 1250


Alternative Names

Adam de Aldersbach; Adam of Aldersbach; Adam von Aldersbach; Magister Adam; Adamus Teutonicus; Adamus Bauarus



A Cistercian monk who around 1250 composed a didactic poem based on the penitential Summa de casibus of Raymundus de Peñafort. It was intended to facilitate the access to Raymond’s work for the poorer students, as is indicated by the title Summa pauperum.



No. 1

Summa pauperum.


Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 1

Summa pauperum.

Early Printed Editions

Summula pauperum, quam nominant plures jurisperitorum versus Decretales. Paris, 1493, 4 (Hain 82). GW says not verifiable; may be identical with GW 217, which is Hain 83, the 1494 edition.


Paris, 1494 (Hain 83) (GW 217).


Summula sacramentorum Raymundi de Pennaforte metrificata. Köln: Heinrich Quentell, 18 July 1500 (Hain 13710*) (online). With commentary and interlinear glosses.


Paris, 1524.



P. Michaud-Quantin, Sommes de casuistique et manuels de confession au moyen âge XII – XVI siècles (Louvain 1962) 41.

M. Bloomfield, ‘A Preliminary List of Incipits of Latin Works on the Virtues and Vices, mainly of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries’, Traditio, 11 (1955) n.524.

F. Valls Taberner, ‘La Summula pauperum de Adam de Aldensbach’, in Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Kulturgeschichte Spaniens (1938) 7.69–83.