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Trithemius, Johannes
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(Feb 1, 1462, Trittenheim an der Mosel – Dec 13, 1516, Würzburg), Benedictine reformer and writer, exponent of a monastic Humanism (III), with close contacts with renowned scholars and rulers. At the age of 21, he had already been appointed abbot of the Benedictine abbey at Sponheim, where he amassed an important library (II, 5). After difficulties with his convent, in 1506 he became abbot of the Abbey of St. James in Würzburg. Tritthemius played a leading role in the Benedictine …

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Merz, Birgit, “Trithemius, Johannes”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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