Rufinus (decretist)
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Rufinus Decretist

Rufinus was an Italian canon lawyer, described as the most influential canonist at the University of Bologna in the mid 12th century.[1] He composed a Summa on Gratian's Decretum before 1159,[2] which soon became the most influential commentary in Bologna, surpassing all previous ones in detail and length.[3]

Stephen of Tournai, his pupil, quoted from his Summa several times.[4]


  1. ^ Hartmann and Pennington, pp. 135-136.
  2. ^ Rufinus, Die "Summa Decretorum" des Magister Rufinus, ed. H. Singer, Paderborn 1902, p. LXVII, n. 9
  3. ^ Law in the West After Gratian: The Age of the Decretists A Short History of Canon Law from Apostolic Times to 1917, Kenneth Pennington, The Catholic University of America. Accessed 21 April 2019.
  4. ^ J. F. von Schulte, Die Geschichte der Quellen und Literatur des Canonischen Rechts von Gratian bis auf die Gegenwart, 3 vols, Stuttgart 1875-1880, I, p. 123 and n. 6, and p. 134.


  • Wilfried Hartmann and Kenneth Pennington, The history of medieval canon law in the classical period, 1140-1234, Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2008.

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