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Report No. r322

Johannes Chappuis

fl. early 16th c.


Alternative Names

Chappuis; Jean (LC); Jean Chappuis; Joannes Chappuys; Joannes Chapuis



Johannes edited the Corpus iuris canonici as it appeared in Paris in 1500–1503. The most important achievement of his edition was the arrangement of what he first called the Extravagantes communes. This compilation of papal decretals issued after 1298 has remained unaltered in the printed versions ever since and became part of the official Corpus iuris canonici (1580).


S. Di Paolo, ‘Le Extravagantes Communes nell’età dell’incunabolo: la Bolla Unam sanctam da Francesco Pavini a Jean Chappuis’, ZRG Kan. Abt., 122 (2005) 355–407.

J. Brown, ‘The Extravagantes communes and its Medieval Predecessors’, A Distinct Voice: Medieval Studies in Honor of Leonard E. Boyle, O.P., J. Brown and W. Stoneman, ed. (South Bend 1997) 373–436.

D. Skemer, ‘A new Jean Chapuis manuscript’, Princeton University Library Chronicle (1994) 571–574.

J. von Schulte, QL 2.62–65.