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Pius Lipsius Or Lipsius Proteus?

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This chapter determines, with the help of the correspondence, whether Lipsius was indeed an inconstant Proteus, changing religious sides whenever it suited him, or whether this biased point of view needs to be adjusted. It specifically focuses on the correspondence written during his thirteen-years stay in Leiden and the years immediately following. Lipsius had to adhere to the Lutheran creed, submit his qualification as magister artium, and present a testimony of moral integrity. In a letter written a year before his death, he asserted that the rumours about his writings in particular were exaggerated and flatly mendacious. Lipsiuss Jena period demonstrated his most opportunistic side. After his departure from Jena, Lipsius longed for the tranquillity of his estate. Lipsius clearly had good contacts with Philip Sidney and Thomas Cecil, Earl Burghley, who had been appointed governors of the aforementioned ports.

Keywords: Leiden; Lipsius Proteus; Lutheran Jena; Philip Sidney; Pius Lipsius; Thomas Cecil



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