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Report No. t275

Johannes Hugonis

c. 1460 – p. 1504


Alternative Names

Johannes Hugo (Huck, Hug, Hugonis)



J. received a humanistic formation from a well-known rector of the church in his home town. He moved to Strasbourg where he became the vicar of a church. He translated Terence into German, was made a papal and imperial notary, and around 1500 became involved in the dispute between the emperor Maxmilian and the German cardinals. He published his best-known work, the Quadrivium ecclesiae in 1504 in which he sought, in a manner reminiscent of the 11th century, to untangle the relationship between regnum and sacerdotium. Whether the Tractatus de officio quatuor praelatorum is an extract from the Quadrivium or whether it is an independent work requires more exploration. The De officio does not seem to have been published independently until its appearance in Tractatus 1549. References to H. after 1504 are vague, and his death date is unknown.

Source: U. Muhlack, in NDB.

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