Henry of Langenstein

Henry Of Langenstein (also Henricus de Hassia), was born in Hesse about 1325. He studied at Paris, where he afterwards taught philosophy, theology, astronomy, and mathematics, and finally became vice-chancellor of the university. He was one of the leaders of the opposition to the prevailing materialism and superstition. In 1390 he accepted a call as professor in the newly founded university at Vienna, was its rector in 1393, and died in 1397. He wrote, Consilium Pacis de Unione ac Reformatione Ecclesiae (in Hermann von der Hardnt's Magnum (Ecum. Con. Consil. volume 2): — Secreta Sacerdotum, quae in Missa Teneri Debent. Henry of Langenstein is now counted among the reformers before the Reformation. See Fabricius. Bibliotheca Mediae et Infinae Latinitatis; Hartwig, Leben und Schriften Heinrichs von Langenstein (Marburg, 1858); Plitt-Herzog, Real-Encyclop. s.v.; Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, s.v. (B.P.)

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