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Spee (Spe) von Langenfeld, Friedrich
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(Feb 25, 1591, Kaiserswerth – Aug 7, 1635, Trier), joined the Jesuits in 1610 and worked for the order as a theological teacher in support of the Counter-Reformation; in 1629 he was appointed professor of theology in Trier. He owes his importance not to his role as an academic theologian but to his unique combination of piety, literary talent, and active commitment to the suffering. His major religious works, the Güldenes Tugend-Buch and Trutz-Nachtigall, published posthumously in 1649, influenced confessional Roman Catholic religiosity through literat…

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Zschoch, Hellmut, “Spee (Spe) von Langenfeld, Friedrich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025660>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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