Executor of papal provisions in 1333, and likely in the service of the then Cardinal Etienne Aubert, later Pope Innocent VI, in Avignon. De Braco also became an honorary chaplain of Pope Clement VI. He later became an auditor sacri palatii, before resigning and leaving the Papal court.
An alphabetical collection of terms for the consultation of legal texts and commentaries, also known as Repertorium iuris canonici. The last three leaves contain de Braco's poem Repudium ambitionis contra miseros cardinalium servitores. The poem is an address in verse to Ambition, whom de Braco supplies with a large variety of negative qualities. Within this diatribe, de Braco focuses the brunt of his attack upon the Papal court, especially the cardinals, who in the poem use ambition to control de Braco and his colleagues. Throughout the poem, de Braco makes frequent use of quotes from the 12th-century lawyer Gratian. The poem culminates with de Braco divorcing Ambition through the legal codes of the canon law, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Roman civil law.
Ms. codex. Title and attribution from preface (f. 2r). Foliation: Paper and parchment, i + 349 + i; [1-266, 268-350]; modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto. Layout: Written in 2 columns of about 66 lines. Script: Written in a Gothic cursive script. Decoration: Large initial Q (f. 2r), decorated in blue, green, and red inks with burnished gold; leaf and vine motifs curl around the page, with a shield at the bottom center, also colored in red, blue, and green with dots of gold and silver; 2-line initials of each glossary entry alternate between blue and red; rubricated throughout. Watermarks: Hand-like figure (f. 3-312); horn hanging from string (f. 312-350); Briquet, Deux Clefs 3864 (Gex, 1415) (f. 1). Binding: Repaired tooled calf over wooden boards (Zacour-Hirsch). Origin: Written in Germany in the 15th century (Zacour-Hirsch). Incipit: Quoniam inter cetera dampna que suis posteris intulit prothoplaustorum transgressio non minimum fuit oblivio... (f. 2r). Explicit: In cuius amplitudine, non in graduum sublimitate, queritur regnum dei extra de tempo. or. ad aures (f. 350v).
Part of deed of Johannes Zomernaet to the Carthusian monastery, Marie Castri (Marienburg(?), which according to Cottineau II, 1751 was an Augustinian monastery), 1493 (Zacour-Hirsch).
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 27 (Ms. Latin 121).
Zacour, Norman P. Petrus de Braco and his Repudium ambitionis. In Mediaeval studies 41 (1979), 1-29.
UPenn Ms. Codex 1222
Repudium ambitionis contra miseros cardinalium servitores.