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Report No. a052

Bartholomeus Exoniensis

a. 1115–1184


Alternative Names

Bartholomew, Bishop of Exeter (LC); Bartholomew of Exeter; Bartholomeus d’Exeter; Bartholomaeus Oxoniensis; Barthélemy d’Exeter



A learned Englishman, renowned for legal (Roman even more so than canonical) knowledge. Taught in Paris; became bishop of Exeter in 1161. Author of a penitential Summa which became one of the sources of Robert of Flamsborough’s work. He also produced numerous theological writings. He was the recipient of several important decretals to England from Alexander III and was instrumental in the formation of the Wigorniensis group of decretal collections.


Entry by: KP rev AL 2015



No. 1

Liber penitentialis.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Liber penitentialis.


London, BL Cotton Vitellius A.XII


Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Liber penitentialis.

Modern Editions

Bartholomew of Exeter, Bishop and Canonist, ed. A. Morey (Cambridge 1937) 160–300. (Edition based solely on MS London..)



J. Taliadoros, ‘Bartholomew of Exeter’s Penitential: Some Observations on his Personal dicta’, in Proceedings Esztergom, P. Erdö, ed. (MIC C–14; Città del Vaticano 2010) 457–73.

C. Duggan, ‘Decretal Collections from Gratian’s Decretum to the Compilationes antiquae: The Making of the New Case Law’, 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) 264, 272.

H. Oesterle, ‘Balduin von Exeter’, in LMA (1980) 1.1494.

S. Kuttner, ‘Anglo-Norman Canonists of the Twelfth Century’, Traditio, 7 (1949/51) 295, 318.