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Eberhard the Bearded,

(213 words)

Author(s): Mertens, Dieter
[German Version] V/I, count, from 1495 duke of Württemberg (Dec 11, 1445, Urach – Feb 25, 1496, Tübingen), son of Louis the Pious and Mechthild, Countess Palatine of the Rhine; in 1474 he was married to Barbara Gonzaga. Through his reunification (1482) and administrative reorganization of the land, but also through his resolute exercise of ecclesiastical power and establishment of the University of …

Jacob of Paradyz

(263 words)

Author(s): Mertens, Dieter
[German Version] (Jacobus de Paradiso, de Claratumba, de Erfordia, Carthusiensis; 1381–1465) is attested after 1400 as a Cistercian in the Paradyz monastery (Goscikowo near Miedzyrzecz/Meseritz) and from 1420 onward in the Claratumba monastery (Mogiła), when he was also enrolled at the University of Cracow. He was awarded a Dr.theol. in 1432 and became a Carthusian in Erfurt in 1442/1443 (not to be confused with J. v. Jüterbog [died 1461], another Carthusian in Erfurt). Jacob of Paradyz wrote more…

Brant, Sebastian

(390 words)

Author(s): Mertens Dieter
[German Version] (S. Titio; 1457, Strassburg [Strasbourg] – May 10, 1521, Strassburg) was one of the primary representatives of the municipally influenced, royalty-friendly and reforming, conservative German humanism, still recognized as a German poet because of his literary, highly influential satire Das Narrenschiff ( The Ship of Fools). Between 1475 and 1500 Brant was at the University of Basel (Lic. iur. 1483, Dr. iur. Utr. 1489, Dean 1492; professor of canon law 1497) and simultane…

Beatus Rhenanus

(229 words)

Author(s): Mertens, Dieter
[German Version] (Rinower, or “Bild,” his father's name; Aug 22, 1485, Schlettstadt, Alsace – Jul 20, 1547, Strasbourg) was educated in the Schlettstadt Latin school in the spirit of Christian humanism and German nationalism as formulated by J. Wimpfeling. From 1503 to 1507, he studied rhetoric, poetics, and especially Aristotelian …