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Epistolae obscurorum virorum
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[German Version]

(“Letters of Obscure Men”), title of a two-part collection of fictitious letters that appeared in 1515–17. In 1514, in connection with the dispute concerning Jewish writings, J. Reuchlin had published the “Letters of Famous Men” (Clarorum virorum epistolae) addressed to him in order to strengthen his position over against the Cologne Dominicans. The anonymous authors of the Epistolae obscurorum virorum (1I 1–41 [1515], esp. Crotus Rubeanus, 3I 42–48 [1516] and 1II [1517] mostly U. v. Hutten) belonged to the circle of humanists in Erfurt. Their intention …

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Raeder, Siegfried, “Epistolae obscurorum virorum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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