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Giovanni da Imola (1375 ca. – 1436) e la giurisprudenza del suo tempo

Andrea Padovani

Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte 303
Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann 2017. XIV, 311 p.

ISSN 1610-6040
ISBN 978-3-465-04308-9

Though he was long held to be one of the most important jurists in the European ius commune tradition, Giovanni Nicoletti da Imola (c. 1375 – 1436) later became a target of the harsh criticism directed at the entire school of commentators. The humanists were the original source of such criticism, to be joined later by the legal historians who subscribed to Savigny’s condemnation. The book reconstructs the entangled and nearly unknown biography of this iuris utriusque doctor, his scholarly output in printed form (which was fraught by a blatant forgery), his handwritten manuscripts, as well as his relationships with his teachers, pupils and colleagues during the Western Schism. As a respected lecturer at the most important universities, Giovanni is foremost a witness of the dramatic transition from the Middle Ages to modernity.

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