Negri (or Negro), Francesco

Negri (or Negro), Francesco an Italian Reformer noted for his philological attainments, was born of a noble and ancient family in Bassano, in the Venetian territory, in 1500. Gifted with an active and penetrating mind, he became an excellent student. He entered the Order of Benedictines. The principles of the Reformation preached in Germany and Switzerland penetrating Italy at this time, Negri came forward as one of the first to adopt the new doctrines, and promptly abandoning his order, he went to Germany, joined Zwingliand accompanied the great Swiss Reformer to the conferences of Marburg in 1529, and assisted at the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. Negri defended with eloquence the famous Protestant profession of faith known under the name of the Confession of Augsburg, He afterwards returned to Italy; but that country offering no security to the preachers of the Reformed doctrines, he went back to Germany. He stopped some time at Strasburg, then at Geneva, and finally settled at Chiavenna, a small village of the Grisons, where he married, and became the teacher of a school. His small salary scarcely sufficed to support his family. It appears that he attempted to better his position by going again to Geneva; but he was not more fortunate than before, and he returned to Chiavenna, where he died some time posterior to 1559. In his last years Negri departed from the theological platform of his old teachers, Luther and Zwingli, and embraced Socinianism. We have of his works, Turcicarum rerum commentarius (Paris, 1538, 8vo), translated by Paul Giovo: — Rudimenta grammaticae, ex auctoribus collecta (Milan, 1541), reprinted under the title of Canones gramnaticales (Peschiaro, 1555, 8vo): — Ovidii Metamorphosis in epitomen Phalencis verasibus redacta (Zurich, 1542; Basle, 1544): — Traygdia de libero arbitio (Geneva, 1546, 4to, and 1550, with additions). This singular dramatic allegory upon one of the most disputed questions between the Catholics and the Reformers is rare and recherche; the denouement of the piece is the triumph of Justifying Grace over king Free- Will, who is beheaded, and over the pope, who is recognised as Antichrist. The drama was translated into French under the title La tragedie du roi Franc-Arbitre (Villefranche [Geneva], 1559, 8vo). We also have of Negri's works, De Fanini Faventini ac Dominici Bassanensis morte, qui nuper ob Christum in Italia Romani pontificis jussu impie occisi sunt, brevis

historia (Chiavenna, 1550, 8vo), one of his rarest and most curious books: — Historia Francisci Spierae civitatulani qui quod susceptam semel Evangelicae veritatis professionem abnegasset, in horrendum incidit desperationem (Tiibingen, 1555, 8vo). See Roberti, Notizie storico- critiche della vita e delle opere di Franc. Negri, apostata Bassanese del secolo xvi (Bassano, 1839, 4to); Dizionario istorico (ed. De Bassano); Brunet, Manuel du Libraire (Index); Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Gen. 27:618, 619. (J.H.W.)

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