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Report No. t116

Marti[nus] Caretus [i.e. Garetus] Laud[ensis]

c. first half of 15th c.–1455


Alternative Names

Martino Garati da Lodi



The spelling of the second element in M.’s name varies substantially including beginning it with ‘C’ rather than ‘G’. There seems to be no contemporary support for the one found in a number of library catalogues: ‘Caraziis’. M. obtained a doctorate in civil law at Pavia in 1430; he probably also obtained a doctorate in canon law at an unknown date. He was involved to some extent in the affairs of his home town, Lodi, but moved on to teach first at Pavia and then at Siena. His production of juristic writing is substantial, particularly considering that he died at a fairly young age. He is best known for his treatise De principibus, a work that has attracted the attention not only of legal historians but also of historians of political thought. He is well represented in TUI 1584.

Source: C. Storti, in DGI 2.1292–1294; G. Soldi Rondinini, in DBI, s.n. Garati, Martino.

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No. 01

Tractatus solennis et elegans in materia legitimationum.


Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 01

Tractatus solennis et elegans in materia legitimationum.

Early Printed Editions

Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.90va.