Contemporaries of Erasmus: A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation

By P.G. Bietenholz and Thomas B. Deustcher

© 2003

Contemporaries of Erasmus contains biographical information about more than 1900 people mentioned in the correspondence and other writings of Erasmus. This paperback edition is a reprint of the three-volume set published between 1985 and 1987. The volumes have been combined into a single volume – without any editorial changes – to provide a manageable and affordable edition of a magisterial work. The remarkable breadth of Erasmus’ contacts throughout his life is reflected in this unique volume. Differing substantially from the national biographical dictionaries that restrict themselves to major figures, Contemporaries of Erasmus combines the famous with the obscure – popes and politicians, artists and poets, knights and theologians – covering every individual mentioned whose death occurred after the year 1450. Well known figures include Martin Luther, King Henry VIII, Machiavelli, Popes Nicholas V and Peter IV, and Emperor Charles V.

Dipping into the pages of this fully illustrated volume will intrigue and delight the casual reader, but the combined volume will also be an indispensible tool for those who have searched in vain for a biographical dictionary of the Renaissance and the Reformation.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 1495 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.7in x 2.4in x 9.7in
Product Formats

SaveUP TO 9239

Book Formats

SKU# SP001979

  • PUBLISHED SEP 2003

    From: $99.75

    Regular Price: $133.00

    ISBN 9780802085771
  • PUBLISHED AUG 2003

    From: $114.75

    Regular Price: $153.00

Quick Overview

Offers biographical information about the more than 1900 people mentioned in the correspondence and works of Erasmus who died after 1450 and were thus approximately his contemporaries.

Contemporaries of Erasmus: A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation

By P.G. Bietenholz and Thomas B. Deustcher

© 2003

Contemporaries of Erasmus contains biographical information about more than 1900 people mentioned in the correspondence and other writings of Erasmus. This paperback edition is a reprint of the three-volume set published between 1985 and 1987. The volumes have been combined into a single volume – without any editorial changes – to provide a manageable and affordable edition of a magisterial work. The remarkable breadth of Erasmus’ contacts throughout his life is reflected in this unique volume. Differing substantially from the national biographical dictionaries that restrict themselves to major figures, Contemporaries of Erasmus combines the famous with the obscure – popes and politicians, artists and poets, knights and theologians – covering every individual mentioned whose death occurred after the year 1450. Well known figures include Martin Luther, King Henry VIII, Machiavelli, Popes Nicholas V and Peter IV, and Emperor Charles V.

Dipping into the pages of this fully illustrated volume will intrigue and delight the casual reader, but the combined volume will also be an indispensible tool for those who have searched in vain for a biographical dictionary of the Renaissance and the Reformation.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 1495 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.7in x 2.4in x 9.7in
  • Reviews

    'If the editors of Contemporaries of Erasmus had done no more than track down the proper names found in the Collected Works of Erasmus, the Leiden Opera omnia, and the correspondence edited by P.S. Allen, that in itself would have been a tremendous work and a welcome volume to Renaissance scholars. How much more welcome is this scholarly work in which every name having Erasmian connections is identified, subjected to intense and competent research, and presented, not only with clarity, but with a measure of grace and distinction? Most biographical dictionaries list and identify only men and women who have distingished themselves in some way, or who have by birth merited a place in the book. Contemporaries of Erasmus does not shrug aside anyone whom Erasmus has met or mentioned in his works or letters. Adrian, an obscure messenger, Carolus, a non-clerical steward in a monastery, Margareta, the daughter of an acquaintance -- all these and many of their kind are given place along with the more important friends and patrons of the great humanist -- popes, kings, scholars, emperors.'


    Letters in Canada

    'Contemporaries of Erasmus is not only an excellent companion for any edition of Erasmus' writings and of utmost use to students of the period, but -- and one can pay it no higher compliment -- because of the high standard of the entries and the learning invested in them, Erasmus himself would have thoroughly enjoyed it.'


    Times Literary Supplement
  • Author Information

    Peter G. Bietenholz is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.


    Thomas B. Deutscher is a professor in the Department of History at St Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

By the Same Author(s)