Jean de Mailly

Jean Pierier of Mailly, called Jean de Mailly, was a Dominican chronicler working in Metz in the mid-13th century. In his Latin chronicle of the Diocese of Metz, Chronica universalis Mettensis,[1] the fable of Pope Joan first appears in written form.[2] He is also the compiler of the Abbreviatio in gestis sanctorum, a collection of legends about the saints which is an important forerunner of the Golden Legend.


  1. ^ Chronica universalis Mettensis, edited by Georg Waitz. The chronicle was printed in Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores, vol. 24 (Hannover, 1879:502-26).
  2. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia:, s.v. "Popess Joan"

Further readingEdit

  • Antoine Dondaine, "Le dominicain Jean de Mailly et la Légende dorée", Archives d’histoire dominicaine, Le Saulchoir, 1946, p. 53-102.


Jean de Mailly, Abbreviatio in gestis et miraculis sanctorum. Supplementum hagiographicum. Ed. Giovanni Paolo Maggioni (Florence, SISMEL/Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2013). ISBN 978-88-8450-368-8.