Guillaume Pierre Godin (Guilhem de Peyre Godin) (c. 1260 – 1336) was a French Dominican theologian, and Cardinal[1].


He was born in Bayonne and spent his early years in south-west France.[2] He was an early opponent of Duns Scotus at Paris, where he was briefly in 1292.

He was master of the Sacred Palace from 1306. His work there as lecturer was important in creating the Dominican orthodox Thomist position.[2]

He was papal legate in Spain from 1320 to 1324. He from 1326 was engaged in demon-hunting episcopal trials in the area of Cahors and Toulouse.[2].

Charitable works

He gave money for church construction[3]. He is represented in a fresco at the Couvent des Jacobins at Saint-Sever[4] His coat of arms figures in the vaults of the church of Saint Dominique at Toulouse[5]; and did in the vaults of Bayonne Cathedral until the 19th century[6].


He is now considered the author of the polemical work De causa immediata ecclesiasticæ potestatis, which in the past has been attributed to Peter Paludanus, now dated to around 1318[7].


  • Tractatus de causa immediata ecclesiastice potestatis: The Theory of Papal Monarchy in the Fourteenth Century by Guillaume de Pierre Godin (1981), editor William D. McCready
  • Wouter Goris, Martin Pickavé: Die 'Lectura Thomasina' des Guilelmus Petri de Godino (ca. 1260–1336), in: J. Hamesse (Ed.): Roma, magistra mundi. Itineraria culturae medievalis. Mélanges offerts au Père L. E. Boyle à l'occasion de son 75e anniversaire III (Textes et études du moyen âge 10/3). Louvain–la–Neuve 1998, 83–109.


  1. From 1312 Cardinal-Priest with the title of S. Cecilia; from 1317 as Cardinal-Bishop of Sabina. He became Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals in November 1323 [1].
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Alain Boureau, Satan the Heretic: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (2006), p. 17-8.
  3. Les Jacobins :)
  4. Histoire et Patrimoine du Cap de Gascogne
  5. Les Jacobins
  6. PDF
  7. PDF, p. 25, footnote.
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