Nicholas of Cusa: A Companion to His Life and His Times

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2011 - History - 381 pages
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This work is a guide to the life, thought and activities of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), the great fifteenth century philosopher, theologian, jurist, author of mystical and ecclesiastical treatises, cardinal and reformer. It is intended not only for advanced scholars, but also for beginners and those simply curious about a man who has been called 'one of the greatest Germans of the fifteenth century' and a 'medieval thinker for the modern age'. The book provides a series of essays on ideas, persons, and places, a work developed over the course of nearly three decades.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ideas and Events
11
Great Schism of the West 13781417
18
Conciliarism
22
Cusanus Legation Journey 14501452
29
Devotio Moderna
34
Fall of Constantinople 1453
40
Congress of Mantua 14591460
45
Juan de Torquemada 13881468
215
Jano Vitéz c 14081472
217
Bernhard von Waging c 14001472
222
Places
227
Manderscheid
230
The University of Heidelberg 14161417
235
The University of Padua 14171423
238
Rome in 1424
241

Islam
51
Humanism
58
Neoplatonism
65
Negative Theology
70
Persons
75
Vincent of Aggsbach c 13891464
80
Cardinal Bessarion 14031472
83
Giovanni Andrea Bussi 14171475
89
Heymericus de Campo 13951460
94
Giuliano Cesarini 1389?1444
100
Eleanor of Scotland 14331480
104
Peter Wymar von Erkelenz c 14301494
108
Pope Eugenius IV 13831447 r 14311447
114
Richard Fleming c 13781431
125
Emperor Frederick III 14151493 r 14401493
132
Gregor Heimburg c 14001472
142
Johannes Kinderbach 14181486
149
Thomas Livingstone d 1460?
152
Ramon Llull 1232331315 16
156
Pope Nicholas V 13971455 r 14471455
166
Johannes Nider c 13801438
178
Ludovico Pontano 14091439
186
John of Ragusa 1390951443
190
Johannes Rode c 13851439
193
Juan de Segovia c 13931458
198
Verena von Stuben c 14141472?
204
The Monks of Tegernsee
210
Trier and St Matthias Abbey
243
Aldrich
250
The University of Cologne
251
Chartreuse de Vauvert in Paris
254
Bacharach
257
Koblenz
261
Wiirzburg
265
St Goar
271
Basel
276
Constantinople in 1437 and 1438
284
Regensburg
293
Bologna
298
Crete
304
Spittal
309
Magdeburg
314
Wilsnack and Halberstadt
317
Havelberg
323
Hildesheim
327
Minden
332
Deventer
336
Windesheim and Diepenveen
340
Castle Andraz
348
Rome under Pius II
352
The Library
363
Orvieto and Monte Oliveto
370
Todi and Ancona
376
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Morimichi Watanabe, Ph.D., was Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at C. W. Post Campus, Long Island University, USA and President Emeritus of the American Cusanus Society. The Rev. Dr. Gerald Christianson is Central Pennsylvania Synod Professor of Church History, Emeritus, at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, U.S.A. Thomas M. Izbicki, Ph.D. in History, Cornell University, is Humanities Librarian at the Archibald S. Alexander Library at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, U.S.A. He is also Vice-President of the American Cusanus Society.

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