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Franciscus Accursius

Gravestone for Franciscus Accursius in Bologna, Italy.

Franciscus Accursius (Italian: Francesco d'Accorso) (1225–1293) was an Italian lawyer, the son of the celebrated jurist and glossator Accursius. The two are often confused.

Born in Bologna, Franciscus was more distinguished for his tact than for his wisdom. Edward I of England, returning from Palestine, brought him with him to England. The king invited him to Oxford, and in 1275 or 1276 he read lectures on law in the university. He returned to Bologna in 1282, and practiced law there until his death.

Dante places Franciscus Accursius in Hell among sodomites (Inferno XV, 110). The tomb of his father and himself in Bologna bears the inscription: "Sepulchrum Accursii, glossatoris legum, et Francisci, ejus filii."

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