(Jacopo Benedicti; Jacopo Benedetti) Poet, born Todi, Italy, c.1228; died Collazone, 1306. He studied law probably at Bologna, and exercised the profession of advocate at Todi. He married a noblewoman, said to have been Vanna, daughter of Bernardino, Count of Collemedio, whose tragic death changed the tenor of his life. About 1270 he sought admission into the Order of Friars Minor of his native town, and in the struggle in which the Order was then engaged, took sides against the pope. He was taken captive by the papal troops, and imprisoned (1298-1303). He is the author of a large number of sacred songs known as laudi, among them the Stabat Mater, and with Saint Francis he stands at the head of Umbrian poets. His prose works consist mainly of short spiritual treatises.