Stephen of Bourbon

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Stephen of Bourbon was a writer and preacher, especially noted as a historian of medieval heresies, b. in Belleville (Archdiocese of Lyons) towards the end of the twelfth century; d. around 1261.

Having received his education from the cathedral clergy in Macon, he made his higher studies in Paris, about 1220, and there shortly afterwards, as it seems, he entered the Order of Preachers. From 1230 he was very active for many years as a preacher and inquisitor in the districts of Lyonnais, Burgundy, Franche-Comté, Savoy, Champagne, Lorraine, Auvergne, Languedoc, and Roussillon. In his work for preachers entitled De septem donis Spiritus Sancti, or Tractatus de diversis Materiis Praedicabilibus, Stephen included material drawn from his many years of practical experience. Parts of his work were published in Paris in 1877 by A. Lecoy de La Marche under the title Anecdotes historiques, légendes et apologues, tirés du recueil inédit d'Étienne de Bourbon dominicain du 13e siècle. A free use of his writings was made by a later compiler to form a "Speculum Morale", which for a long time was falsely attributed to Vincent of Beauvais.

Stephen was the protagonist of a 1987 French film fr:Le Moine et la Sorcière, where he was played by Tchéky Karyo.

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  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Stephen of Bourbon". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.  Cites:
    • Jacques Échard, Script. ord. proed., I, 184 sq.;
    • HURTER, Nomenclator, II (Innsbruck, 1906), 375;
  • LECOY DE LA MARCHE, Introd. to work cited above;
    • HAUREAU in Journal des savants, 1881, 591 sq., 739 sq.;
    • MULLER, Die Waldenser (Gotha, 1886), 166 sq.

Further reading[edit]

  • Stephani de Borbone, Tractatus de diversis materiis predicabilibus. Prologus - Liber primus. De dono timoris, éd. Jacques Berlioz et Jean-Luc Eichenlaub (Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Mediaevalis, 124), Turnhout, Brepols publishers, 2002 (ISBN 978-2-503-04241-1)
  • Stephani de Borbone, Tractatus de diversis materiis predicabilibus. Liber secundus. De dono pietatis, éd. Jacques Berlioz (Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Mediaevalis, 124A), Turnhout, Brepols publishers, 2015 (ISBN 978-2-503-55258-3)
  • Stephani de Borbone, Tractatus de diversis materiis predicabilibus. Liber tertius. De eis que pertinent ad donum scientie et penitentiam, éd. Jacques Berlioz (Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Mediaevalis, 124B), Turnhout, Brepols publishers, 2006 (ISBN 978-2-503-04245-9)
  • Étienne de Bourbon, Anecdotes historiques, légendes et apologues tirés du recueil inédit d’Étienne de Bourbon dominicain du XIIIe siècle, édition de Albert Lecoy de la Marche, Paris, Henri Loones, 1877 lire sur Gallica

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