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Report No. a386

Petrus Quesnel

fl. 1322


Alternative Names

Pierre Quesvel



A Franciscan from Norwich who composed a manual combining matters of the internal and external forum in the early years of the fourteenth century. He subdivided it into four books, with topics ranging from liturgy to procedure. It relied on the work of Guillelmus Durandus, Raymond de Peñafort, and Johannes Friburgensis.



No. 1

Directorium iuris in foro conscientiae et iudiciali.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Directorium iuris in foro conscientiae et iudiciali.


Firenze, Bibl. Laurenz. Plut. 3 sin. 2


Paris, BN lat.8934


Troyes, BM 875


Wien, ÖNB 2146



J. Goering, ‘The Internal Forum and the Literature of Penance and Confession’, 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) 425.

P. Michaud-Quantin, Sommes de casuistique et manuels de confession au moyen âge (Louvain 1962) 42–43.

J. von Schulte, QL 2.262.