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Acontius, Jacobus
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(Giacomo; before 1515, Ossana, Val di Sole, or Trient – 1566/1567, presumably London). After studying law and a period as notary (attested 1540 in Ossana and 1548 in Trient), Acontius entered the service of Count Giovanni Francesco Landriano and Cardinal C. Madruzzo from 1549 to 1557. Because of his Protestant convictions, he fled in 1557 to Basel and Zürich, where he made the acquaintance of B. Ochino, C.S. Curione, and perhaps S. Caste. Thereafter, he moved to Strasbourg and in 1559 on to England, where he was active as a fortification engineer. Her…

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Smolinsky, Heribert, “Acontius, Jacobus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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