Cousin (Lat Cognatus), Gilbert

Cousin (Lat. Cognatus), Gilbert a French theological author, was born at Nozeroy, Franche-Comte, January 21, 1506. He studied jurisprudence at Dole in 1526, but soon afterwards devoted himself to the ecclesiastical calling. In 1530 he became copyist to Erasmus, who regarded him as a companion in labor, and aided him in studying Greek, Latin, and belles-lettres. In 1535 Cousin was appointed canon of St. Anthony of Nozeroy, and at the same time devoted himself to teaching. In 1558 he went to Italy with Claude La Baume, archbishop of Besancon, and remained for some time at Padua. On his return to France, Cousin embraced. Protestant sentiments. Pope Pius V ordered his arrest for heresy, July 8, 1567. He was taken to the ecclesiastical prison, and died in the same year. His numerous works have been collected and published. A complete catalogue may be seen in Niceron. See Hoefer. Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Biog. Universelle, s.v.

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