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Bröske’s educational travels, 1683–1686

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After completing his studies in Marburg, Conrad Bröske set out to fulfill the dream of every European student, embarking on three years of educational travels throughout Europe and England. His plan was to attend lectures by leading Reformed theologians of his day, first in Geneva, then moving on to Utrecht, Leiden, Amsterdam, Harderwyck, London, Oxford and Heidelberg. Bröske said that he gained complete fluency in all three languages - Dutch, English and French. He later used these linguistic skills to translate works from English, Dutch and Latin into Low and High German. Among the factors that shaped Bröske's future career and thought, his educational travels undoubtedly played a significant part. In each place he visited Bröske met and learned from "the most distinguished scholars of the day." Exposure to leading Calvinist universities and theologians deepened Bröske's Reformed credentials and theological understanding.

Keywords: Conrad Bröske; educational travels; England; Europe; Reformed theologians

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