Besold, Christopher was born in Tubingen 1577, and educated for the law, but combined theological with legal studies. In 1610 he became professor of law at Tubingen, and lectured with great acceptance. When, after the battle of Nordlingen, 1634, Protestantism in Wurtemberg seemed likely to be overthrown, he went over to Rome publicly. It is said, however, that he had privately joined the Roman Church four years before. He became professor at Ingolstadt 1637, and died there Sept. 15, 1638, crying, "Death is a bitter herb." — Mosheim, Ch. Hist. c. 17, § 2, pt. 1, ch. 1; Herzog, Real-Encyklop. 2, 111.