Albicus, Sigismund

Albicus, Sigismund, archbishop of Prague, was born at Mihrisch-Neustadt, in Moravia. When young he entered the University of Prague, taking his degree in medicine in 1387. In order to prosecute with more success the study of civil and canon law, he went to Italy, and received his doctor's degree at Padua in 1404. Returning, he taught medicine in the University of Prague for nearly twenty years, and was appointed first physician to Wenceslaus IV. In 1409, on the death of the archbishop of Prague, Wenceslaus recommended him for his successor; and the canons elected him, although reluctantly. He resigned his bishopric in 1413, when Conrad was chosen in his room. Albicus afterwards received the priory of Wissehrad, with the title of archbishop of Casarea. He was accused of favoring the new doctrines of John Huss and Wycliffe. During the war of the Hussite he e retired to Hungary, where he died, in 1427. His only works are on medical subjects. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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