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Report No. t214

Franciscus Ponzinibius

fl. end of 15th c. – beginning of 16th c.


Alternative Names

Giovanni Francesco (Gianfrancesco) Ponginibbi



Italian Edit16 reports that F. was made a member of the college of doctors and judges in Piacenza in 1490, that he was the podestà of Parma, and that he commissary general of the pope (perhaps at the same time and in the same place). German cataloguers (CERL Thesaurus [2]) have a tendency to ascribe his place of origin to Firenze, perhaps on the basis of an edition of the De lamiis (TUI 1584, t. 11.2) published in Frankfurt in 1592 or 1593, when F. would have been long dead. The Harvard Law Library holds a copy of the work printed in Pavia in 1511 that locates F. in Piacenza. Pending further evidence, this identification seems more likely. The De lamiis is one of first writings by a jurist to cast doubt on reality of demonic possession of witches. It was attacked later in the century by Bartolomeus Spina, q.v. To F. is also ascribed a Tractatus siue allegatio[n]es super decreto quando res habet originem a contractu [et] ad criminales causas pertinentes, also published in Pavia (1509), which calls him a ‘doctor Placentinus’.

Source: Not in DGI or DBI. CERL Thesaurus (1); Italian edit16 CNCA 26173; CERL Thesaurus (2).

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