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Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Medieval and Early Modern Jurists

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Report No. t278

Johannes Randeus

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Alternative Names

Joannes Randeus Gallus



Library cataloguers have pretty much given up on J. He appears by his Latin name in the authority file of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek with no further information. Thomas-Maria Mamachi, Originum et Antiquitatum Christianarum Libri XX, 5.1 (Roma 1755) 428 cites him by his Latin name, along with many others, as a writer who in the 16th century maintained that the pope was the only monarch of the Church after Christ. TUI 1584 describes J. as ‘Gallus’, and there is no reason to doubt thaTUI 1584 t. His Tractatus dispensationum per episcopos (TUI 1584 t. 14) begins: ‘Venite ad Reverendissimum Parisiensem Episcopum’. Appended to the tract is a list of ‘Casus quibus summus pontifex non possit aut debeat dispensare’ (fol. 174v-175r). The tract is also one of the few in TUI 1584 that seems not to have had a prior printing, nor, so far as we can determine, did it have a subsequent one. J’s vernacular name may have been Jean Rande or Randé, but that does not help to identify him. The contents of the work suggest strongly that he was a cleric. He was certainly familiar with canon law, though he may not have been, as Ziletti suggests, an ‘indubitatus doctor’ in any technical sense. The context of the work may be religious conflicts in France of the 1560s, 70s, and 80s in which J. would have decidedly been on the Catholic side. Further on the evidence we have before us we cannot go.

Source: CERL Thesaurus.

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