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Report No. r344

Johannes Bromiardus

fl. mid. 14th c.


Alternative Names

Bromyarde; John de (LC); John de Bromyarde; Ioannes Bromiardus; John Philip de Bromyarde; Johannes de Bromyerde; Jean de Bromyard; John de Bromiard; John de Bromeard; Joannes Bromiardus



Johannes was a Dominican from the convent at Hereford (c. 1326–1352). He wrote a manual on confession, the Opus trivium (c. 1330), which included a considerable amount of canonistic material, of which he later presented a revision, Summa predicantium (before 1348).



No. 1

Opus trivium, c. 1330. (Tractatus iuris civilis et canonici ad moralem materiam applicati secundum ordinem alphabeti).

No. 2

Summa predicantium.


Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 1

Opus trivium, c. 1330.

Early Printed Editions

Köln, c. 1473.


Lyon, 1500.


Paris, 1500.

No. 2

Summa predicantium.

Early Printed Editions

Basel, c. 1484 (Hain 3993).


Nürnberg, 1485 (Hain 3994).


Nürnberg, 1518.


Paris, 1518.


Lyon, 1522.


Nürnberg, 1575.


Venezia, 1586.


Antwerp, 1614.



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