Johannes Teutonicus Zemeke

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Johannes Teutonicus Zemeke (died 1245), also Joannes Simeca Teutonicus and John Zimeke, was a Decretist glossator, best known for his glosses on Gratian's Decretum in collaboration with Bartholomew of Brescia. [1] He also is known for his theory that a woman who had sex with 23,000 men was a prostitute, whether or not she accepted money for the act. [2]

In the history of canon law, a decretist was student and interpreter of the Decretum Gratiani. Like Gratian, the decretists sought to provide "a harmony of discordant canons", and they worked towards this through glosses (glossae) and summaries (summae) on Gratian. They are contrasted with the decretalists, whose work primarily focused on papal decretals.

<i>Decretum Gratiani</i>

The Decretum Gratiani, also known as the Concordia discordantium canonum or Concordantia discordantium canonum or simply as the Decretum, is a collection of canon law compiled and written in the 12th century as a legal textbook by the jurist known as Gratian. It forms the first part of the collection of six legal texts, which together became known as the Corpus Juris Canonici. It was used by canonists of the Roman Catholic Church until Pentecost 1918, when a revised Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope Benedict XV on 27 May 1917 obtained legal force.

Bartholomew of Brescia was an Italian canonist.

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  1. Boudinhon, Auguste (1919). "Glosses, Glossaries, Glossarists". Catholic Encyclopedia . New York: Robert Appleton.
  2. Karras, Ruth (2013). Sexuality in Medieval Europe. Routledge.