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Report No. a050

Bartholomeus Brixiensis

fl. 1234–1258


Alternative Names

Bartolomeo, da Brescia (LC); Bartholomew of Brescia; Bartolomaeus Brixiensis



A student of Tancred and the civilian Hugolinus and later professor of canon law at Bologna. He devoted most of his time to re-editing the canonistic works of his older colleagues which had been rendered obsolete by the appearance of the Decretales Gregorii IX in 1234. Besides revising Brocarda, the Historiae of Damasus, the ordo iudiciarius of Tancred, and the Casus of Benencasa Senensis, he also updated Johannes Teutonicus’ Gloss to the Decretum (after 1234), adding his own comments. This text became the Glossa Ordinaria. Bartholomeus’ Quaestiones have likewise been shown to be updates of an older collection.


Entry by: KP rev AL 2015



No. 1

Quaestiones dominicales et veneriales.

No. 2

Revised Glossa ordinaria Johannis Teutonici in Decretum. This version of the Ordinary Gloss appears regularly in the early printed editions of Gratian’s Decretum.

No. 3


No. 4

Casus decretorum. Revision of the Casus of Benecasa Senensis.

No. 5

Historie super libro decretorum.

No. 6

Ordo iudiciarius.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Quaestiones dominicales et veneriales.


First Recension (c.1227–34)


Berlin, Staatsbibl. lat. fol. 249, fol. 72r–86v


Paris, BN lat. 15424, fol. 147r–169vb. A050


Second Recension (c.1234–41)


Avignon, BM 281


Bamberg, Staatsbibl. Can 48, fol. 200–220


a050Txt1Basel, Universitätsbibl. C.I.13 (2nd work)


a050Txt1Berlin, Staatsbibl. lat. fol. 305 (Rose 845) (incomplete)


a050Txt1Darmstadt, Landesbibl. 317 (3rd work)


Fulda, Landesbibl. D.13


Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 972


a050Txt1Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 1024 (incomplete)


a050Txt1Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 1063 (incomplete)


Leipzig, Stadtbibl. 249


Berlin, Staatsbibl. Magdeb. 155


München, BSB Clm 4111


München, BSB Clm 5357


a050Txt1Perpignan, BM 25 (incomplete)


Praha, Metropolitní Kapitula J.XX


Reims, BM 693


Rouen, BM 740


a050Txt1Saint-Omer, BM 253 (incomplete)


Troyes, BM 1844


Wien, ÖNB 2071


Wien, ÖNB 2159


Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibl. 271


Würzburg, Universitätsbibl. M. p. s. f. 7

No. 3



Monte Cassino, Bibl. Abbazia 136, pp. 146–155


Città del Vaticano, BAV Pal. lat. 656, fols. 16v–21v


Bamberg, Staatsbibl. (P.II.23)


Wien, ÖNB 2216, fols. 79–89


a050Txt3Wien, ÖNB 1463 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Wien, ÖNB 2107 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Wien, ÖNB 2157 (folios unknown)


Praha, Univ. Knihovna III.B.21, fols. 149–160


a050Txt3Kaliningrad, Universitätsbibl. 75 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Kaliningrad, Universitätsbibl. 81 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Melk, Stiftsbibl. J.37 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Halle, Universitäts- u. Landesbibl. Ye fol. 57 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Halle, Universitäts- u. Landesbibl. Ye fol. 52 (folios unknown)


Erlangen, Universitätsbibl. 143


a050Txt3Gotha, Forsh. u. Landesbibl. B.330 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Troyes, BM 456 (folios unknown)


a050Txt3Troyes, BM 1751 (folios unknown)


Berlin, Staatsbibl. lat. qu. 209


a050Txt3Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 965 (sixth work)


a050Txt3Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 966 (third work)


a050Txt3Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 969 (second work)

No. 4

Casus decretorum.



No. 6

Ordo iudiciarius.


Erlangen, Universitätsbibl. 515, fol. 7–30


Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 1

Quaestiones dominicales et veneriales.

Early Printed Editions

Rouen, 1511.

No. 3


Early Printed Editions

Lyon, 1519.


Tractatus ex variis iuris interpretibus. Lyon, 1549, 17.25 ff..


Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia, 1584, 18.506 ff..

No. 4

Casus decretorum.

Early Printed Editions

Basel: Nikolaus Kessler, 1489 (Hain 2472) (GW 3426) (online).


Strasbourg, 1493 (Hain 2473).


Lyon: Claude Gibolet, 1497 (GW 1497).


s.l. [Leipzig], s.a. [c. 1495/1500] (online).

No. 5

Historie super libro decretorum.

Early Printed Editions

Paris, 1505. With the Decretum Gratiani.



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R. Domingo, ‘Bartolomé de Brescia’, in Juristas universales 1.437–9.

R. Weigand, ‘The Development of the Glossa ordinaria to Gratian’s Decretum’, in The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140–1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, W. Hartmann and K. Pennington, ed. (History of Medieval Canon Law 6; Washington DC 2008) 83, 86–91, 94–95.

M. Bertram, ‘Kanonistische Quaestionensammlungen von Bartholomaeus Brixiensis bis Johannes Andreae’, in Proceedings Cambridge, P. Linehan, ed. (MIC C–8; Città del Vaticano 1988) 265–81.

H. Zapp, ‘Bartholomeus Brixiensis’, in LMA (1980) 1.1493.

J. Brundage, Medieval Canon Law and the Crusader (Madison WI 1969) 96–97.

J. Brundage, ‘The Votive Obligations of Crusaders: The Development of a Canonistic Doctrine’, Traditio, 24 (1968) 108–109. Reprinted in: idem, The Crusades, Holy War and Canon Law (Collected Studies CS 338; Aldershot 1991) no. VI.

G. Fransen, ‘Utrumque ius dans les Quaestiones Andegavenses’, in Études d’histoire du droit dédiées à Gabriel Le Bras (Paris 1965) 899.

R. Abbondanza, ‘Bartolomeo da Brescia’, in DBI (1964) 6.691b–696a.

S. Kuttner, Repertorium 103–22, 419n1, 453–54.

G. Le Bras, ‘Bartholomaeus Brixiensis’, in DDC (1937) 2.216–17.

J. von Schulte, QL 2.83–88.