‘Drink from this fountain’
Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples, inspired humanist and dedicated editor
Author: Theodor Harmsen
Born in Picardy around 1455, Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples became a prominent humanist, educational reformer and editor of philosophical and biblical works. He travelled to Italy a few times, met Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and returned to France filled with the spirit of the Italian Renaissance. His French translation of the New Testament was published in 1523, that of the complete Bible in 1530. He was condemned by the Theological Faculty of Paris, which regarded him an advocate of the Lutheran ‘heresy’ in France.
The catalogue presents all aspects of the fascinating career of this reform-minded humanist, who was praised as an ‘incomparable scholar, and inexhaustible source of all disciplines’. Renaissance, Humanism and Reformation: Drink from this Fountain offers the reader an absorbing view of a turbulent era through beautifully printed books and manuscripts, illustrating the life and times of one of France’s greatest humanists.
Keywords: Renaissance humanism, early modern scholarship, censorship.
Year of Publication: 2004
Number of pages: 64
Publisher: In de Pelikaan
E-book available: No
Available in other languages: Dutch