Peter of Benevento

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Peter of Benevento[1] (died in September 1219 or 1220) was an Italian canon lawyer, papal legate and Cardinal.[2]

He was closely associated with Pope Innocent III, and produced in 1209/10[3] a collection of his decretals, the Compilatio tertia, as an active editor[4] and competing with that of Bernard of Pavia.[5]

He was sent in 1214 by Innocent to Provence, and there presided over the 1215 Council of Montpellier, directed against the Albigensians and empowering Simon de Montfort.[6] From there he took James I of Aragon to Catalonia.[7]


  • K. Pennington, The Making of a Decretal Collection: The Genesis of Compilatio tertia. Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law Salamanca (1980)
  • James M. Powell, Innocent III and Petrus Beneventanus: Reconstructing a Career at the Papal Curia, in Pope Innocent II and His World (1999) editor John C. Moore
  • Werner Maleczek, Papst und Kardinalskolleg von 1191 bis 1216, Vienna 1984