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In: Quaerendo
In: Erasmus Studies
In: Bonaventura Vulcanius, Works and Networks
In: Between Scylla and Charybdis
This volume of the Erasmi Opera Omnia contains the critical edition of Erasmus' polemics with the Italian layman Alberto Pio, Prince of Carpi, about Erasmus' New Testament Project, in particular his Paraphrases, and also his former successful works, such as his Enchiridion and Moriae encomium. Erasmus was very annoyed that a layman had criticised his theological works and, moreover, had suggested that Erasmus' theological and moral views came suspiciously close to Luther's. Erasmus also blamed his opponent for not reading the earlier defences of his views in his polemics with Beda, Stunica and the Spanish monks.


Emblemata Sacra by Bernard Sellius Noviomagus, known above all in the 1613 edition published by Michiel Colin in Amsterdam, has long puzzled bibliographers. This article establishes Sellius's identity, describes his brief life and examines his spirituality. It reconstructs the publishing history of his single work through its three editions (Raphelengius 1593 and Colin 1613 and 1617) and assesses his achievements as a poet. The text of Emblemata Sacra, Sellius's Latin heading and epigrams accompanying Pieter van der Borcht's illustrations of scenes from the Bible, is reproduced in the Appendix with notes and an English translation.

In: Quaerendo
The four Livres des procurateurs de la nation germanique de l’Université d’Orléans (1444-1602) are a unique source for the history of European universities. The quarterly reports of the presidents of the association of law students allow us to reconstitute in detail the everyday life of students from the Germanic countries during the Renaissance. From the published first and second 'Livres' between 1444-1567 (same authors, Brill 1971 and 1988) it appears that the alumni got key positions in Church and State in their homelands. The reports of the third 'Livre' for the years 1567-1587 describe the fortunes of the German Nation and the University and offer a unique look at the role of Orleans and its graduates in the religious wars and the growing confessionalisation of Europe.
The last of the Renaissance humanists, Bonaventura Vulcanius, is still a mysterious figure, even though he left a correspondence, at least two Alba amicorum, and a collection of books and manuscripts. Born in Bruges in 1538, the son of a disciple of Erasmus, he spent the troubled decades of 1560 and 1570 in wanderings before his appointment in 1581 as a Professor for Greek and Latin Letters at the University of Leiden. He edited and translated many a rare text, composed dictionaries, sent laudatory poems, and compiled the first chapters of a history of Germanic languages. This volume gathers recent research on this versatile philologist, and includes the first edition of many unpublished works and documents.

Contributors are Karel Bostoen, Hélène Cazes, Thomas M. Conley, Harm-Jan van Dam, Hugues Daussy, Kees Dekker, Jeanine de Landtsheer, Alfons Dewitte, Toon van Hal, Chris L. Heesakkers, Wilhelmina G. Heesakkers-Kamerbeek, Jeltine Ledegang-Keegstra, G.A.C. van der Lem, Kees Meerhoff, Dirk van Miert, Kasper van Ommen, Paul J. Smith and Gilbert Tournoy.