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Report No. a554

Thomas de Chobham



Alternative Names

Thomas, de Chobham (LC); Thomas Chabham; Thomas de Salisbury; Thomas of Surrey; Thomas of Cobham; Thomas of Kent; Thomas von Chobham



Was a master of theology at Paris before he returned to his native England in 1214 to become a canon of the episcopal chapter at Salisbury. There he wrote a penitential Summa, that was often to be misattributed to Pope Innocent (III?), Hrabanus Maurus, and others during the later Middle Ages.



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Text(s) – Modern Editions

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Modern Editions

Thomae de Chobham Summa confessorum, ed. F. Broomfield (Analecta Namurcensia 25; Louvain and Paris 1968).



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) 418, 421.

R. Chabanne, ‘Thomas de Chabham’, in DDC (1965) 7.1248.

P. Michaud-Quantin, Sommes de casuistique et manuels de confession au moyen âge (Louvain 1962) 21–24.