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Report No. a361

Odo de Doura



Alternative Names

Odo of Dover; Odo von Dover



Author of a French Summa on Gratian’s Decretum, which in many respects rather resembles an abbreviatio. This may explain the title Decreta minora, given to it in the only surviving manuscript. Formal similarities with the Summa Coloniensis suggest that Odo composed his work around 1170. At any rate, it is later than the Summa of Stephen of Tournai (c. 1165/66), which Odo already knew.



No. 1

Decreta minora.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Decreta minora.


London, BL Cotton Vitell. A III, fol. 111–128v (heavily damaged, contains the commentary on D.1–45 and C.1 q.1 c.108 – C.36 only)



R. Weigand, ‘The Transmontane Decretists’, 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) 185, 188.

F. Liotta, La continenza dei chierici (Milano 1971) 71–73.

R. Weigand, Die Naturrechtslehre der Legisten und Dekretisten von Irnerius bis Accursius und von Gratian bis Johannes Teutonicus (Münchener Theologische Studien 3, Kan. Abt. 26; München 1967) 160–63 and passim.

S. Kuttner, ‘Anglo-Norman Canonists of the Twelfth Century’, Traditio, 7 (1949/51) 293.

S. Kuttner, Repertorium 172–77.

S. Kuttner, ‘Sur les origines du terme “droit positif”’, RHD, 15 (1936) 730–31.