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Report No. c029

Bernardus Dorna



Alternative Names

Bernard Dorne



Glossator who studied in Bologna under Azo as well as Hugolinus but was originally from Provence. Taught in Bologna as ‘magister’, but it seems unlikely he ever attained the title of ‘doctor’. At some point before 1222, returned to the south of France, to Montpellier, where he was active as legal adviser and judge at least until 1234. From 1243 was cleric in Béziers before rising to the rank of archdeacon before his death, probably in or shortly after 1257. Important for a procedural tract that was collected into Roffredus’ widespread De libellis et ordine iudiciorum.



No. 01

Summula de libellis et eorum compositione, 1210s. Concerned almost exclusively with Roman law with very little mention of sources or practices of canon law. Reveals familiarity with current practice in the courts of Bologna, Rome, and southern France.


Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 01

Summula de libellis et eorum compositione.

Modern Editions

Quellen zur Geschichte des römisch–kanonischen Prozesses im Mittelalter, ed. L. Wahrmund, 1.1 (Innsbruck 1905).



M. Gámez Montalvo and J. Garrido Arredondo, ‘Bernardo Dorna’, in Juristas universales 1.435–6.

H. Lange, Glossatoren 302–303.

L. Fowler-Magerl, Ordo iudiciorum vel ordo iudiciarius: Begriff und Literaturgattung (Ius commune: Sonderhefte 19; Frankfurt a.M. 1984) 182–84.

P. Weimar, ‘Bernardus Dorna’, in LMA (1980) 1.1976.

J. Hemardinquer, ‘Documents nouveaux sur la glossateur Bernard Dorne’, RHD, 39 (1961) 129–32.

F. von Savigny, Geschichte 5.151–55.