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Report No. r015

Alexander de Ariostis

d. c. 1485

 

Alternative Names

Ariosto; Alessandro (LC); Alessandro Ariosti; Alexander Ariosti; Alexander de Ariosti; Alexander Ariostus; Alessandro Ariosto

 

Biography/Description

A Ferrarese Franciscan, Alexander was well-educated in theology and law, and possibly taught these subjects within his order. He traveled as a missionary in Palestine beginning in 1463 and was sent by Sixtus IV to the Maronites in 1476. By 1480, he had returned to Italy, and was preaching crusade against the Turks at the behest of Sixtus IV. His last known correspondance dates from 16 July 1485 in Bologna. Among other, more theological works, Alexander is the author of a treatise on usury and an enchiridion on the interrogation of those seeking confession.

 

Text(s)

 
No. 1

Libellus de usuris, 1465–1468.

 
No. 2

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum, c. 1475.

 

Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 1

Libellus de usuris, 1465–1468.

 
Early Printed Editions

Libellus de usuris. Bologna 1486 (Hain 1653)

 
No. 2

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum, c. 1475.

 
Early Printed Editions

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Pavia 1513

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Paris 1514

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Venezia 1517

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Lyon 1518

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Paris 1520

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Venezia 1522

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Lyon 1523

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Lyon 1528

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Lyon 1540

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Bologna 1576

 
 

Enchiridion seu interrogatorium confessorum. Brescia 1579

 

Literature

M. Maccarrone, ‘Ariosto (Ariosti), Alessandro’, DBI (1962) 4.166–168.

M. Laufs, ‘De vita et scriptis Fr. Alexandri Ariosti († 1486)’, Archivum Franciscanum Historicum 49 (1956) 143–65.

J. Sbaralea, Supplementum ad scriptores ordinis minorum (Roma 1908) 13–14.

J. von Schulte, QL 2.448.