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Report No. a382

Petrus Sampson

fl. 1246–1252


Alternative Names

Petrus Saxo; Pierre de Sampzon



A canon of Nîmes and Narbonne, taught canon law at Bologna 1246–50. Besides writing synodal statutes for the diocese of Nîmes in 1252, he composed a gloss on the Novellae of Innocent IV based on the constitutions of Lyon I (1245) and on the Decretales of Gregory IX.



No. 1

Lectura sive distinctiones super Decretales.

No. 2

Super constitutiones Innocentii IV.

No. 3

Distinctiones. This is not, as has been thought, the work of Guillelmus Naso.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Lectura sive distinctiones super Decretales.


Angers, BM 368, fol. 1–42


Basel, Universitätsbibl. C.i.29


Città del Vaticano, BAV Vat. lat. 655


Kassel, Universitäts- u. Landesbibl. Jur. fol. 12


Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 249


Wien, ÖNB 2075


Wien, ÖNB 2076


Wien, ÖNB 2083, fol. 1r–43v


Wien, ÖNB 2115

No. 2

Super constitutiones Innocentii IV.


Angers, BM 364


Fulda, Landesbibl. D.10


Genève, Bibl. Genève 59


Greifswald, Universitätsbibl. I.4


Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 966


Wien, ÖNB 2083


Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibl. 437.H.3

No. 3



Wien, ÖNB 2083, fols. 71v–76


Saint-Omer, BM 546, fol. 1r–119v (contains some of the distinctions)



O. Pontal, ‘Quelques remarks sur l’oeuvre canonique de Pierre de Sampzon’, AHC, 8 (1976) 126–42.

R. Naz, ‘Pierre de Sampson’, in DDC (1957) 6.1497–98.

P.–J. Kessler, ‘Untersuchungen über die Novellengesetzgebung Papst Innocenz IV.’, ZRG Kan. Abt., 32 (1943) 354–76.

S. Kuttner, ‘Die Konstitutionen des ersten allgemeinen Konzils von Lyons’, SDHI, 6 (1940) 110–16. Reprinted in: idem, Medieval Councils, Decretals, and Collections of Canon Law (Variorum 1980) no. XI, with ‘Retractationes’ 12.

J. von Schulte, QL 2.108–110.