(Cremona, 1259/1264 – Venice, 1334)
Son of the lawyer Niccolò, who had taught canon and civil law in Padua, Riccardo Malombra studied in Padua under Iacopo dell’Arena.
Between 1286 and 1305, he was the episcopal vicar numerous times in Padua and, from 1289 onwards, he was involved in cases regarding ecclesiastical institutions.
In 1293, he was awarded a civil law professorship at the Studio Patavino, which he held from 1289 to 1310.
In 1312, he was in Venice where he was granted citizenship and, shortly afterwards, it would appear that he was in Bologna as a professor at the city’s Studium.
After teaching representatives of the Venetian nobility, from February 1315, he was a consultant to St. Mark’s Republic. One of the most significant moments of his career came in 1325, when he helped to draw up the treaty between Venice and the Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus.
In 1328, he appeared in Bologna to defend himself against a charge of heresy before the Papal Legate, although no sentence was ever passed.