Bérenger de Landore

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Bérenger de Landore[1] (1262–1330) was a French Dominican, who became Master of the Order of Preachers, and then Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela. He was from a noble family of southern France.[2]

As Master General[edit]

As Master General, he set up the Friars Pilgrim missionaries.[3] He set the trend towards Thomism as central to Dominican theology;[4] and campaigned against that of Durandus of Saint-Pourçain.[5] He asked Bernard Gui to compose a replacement for the Golden Legend of Jacob de Voragine.[6]

As Archbishop[edit]

He took until 1322 to take possession as Archbishop, there being a Galician rival.[7] He had to reside at some time at Noia,[8] where he held a synod.[9] His takeover was a violent affair.[10] He is remembered also for the building work he initiated on the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and relics.[11] One of the cathedral towers bears his name.


His Lumen animæ, seu liber moralitatum Magnarum rerum naturalium was printed in 1482 by Matthias Farinator.

  • Hechos de Don Berenguel de Landoria, Arzobispo de Santiago: Introduccion, Edicion Critica y Traduccion (1983) Manuel C. Díaz y Díaz, translation of the chronicle Gesta Berengarii de Landoria archiepiscopi Compostellani


  1. ^ Berengar of Landorra, of Landorre; Berenguel de Landoria, Landória, or Landoira.
  2. ^ [1], Spanish.
  3. ^ [2]: In 1312 the master general, Béranger de Landore, organized the missions of Asia into a special congregation of "Friars Pilgrims", with Franco of Perugia as vicar general. As a base of evangelization they had the convent of Pera (Constantinople), Capha, Trebizond, and Negropont. Thence they branched out into Armenia and Persia. Also [3], [4].
  4. ^ Ashley/Dominicans: 3 Mystics 1300s
  5. ^ PDF, p.5, [5].
  6. ^ PDF, note p.146.
  7. ^ [6], [7], both in French.
  8. ^ [8] (Spanish language).
  9. ^ http://canalnoia.lamalice.com/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=35&limit=1&limitstart=5
  10. ^ It is claimed that Bérengar ordered the assassination in 1320 of Alonso Suárez de Deza[9], the local mayor, and other counsellors; after Alonso's death serious fighting broke out.
  11. ^ PDF (Italian), p.3.
Preceded by
Aymericus Giliani
Master General of the Dominican Order
Succeeded by
Hervé de Nédellec