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In 1910, as an introduction to Codices Vulcaniani, P.C. Molhuysen could summarize in one and half page what was known about Vulcanius: birth and death dates (15381614), family (the son of the Bruges humanist Petrus Vulcanius), studies (in Leuven and Ghent, then with Cassander in Germany), employment held (secretary to Francisco da Mendoza and his brother in Spain, preceptor in the Sudermanns house, editor and translator in Geneva, secretary to Marnix, professor in Leiden), and collections (manuscripts, essentially). Studying the legacy, the works, and also the networks of Bonaventura Vulcanius amounts, then, to a series of group portraits, here assembled as in a gallery: the subject is seldom at the centre of the image, and, when he is, the portrait is seldom true. Moreover, it aims to restore the aura of discretion and silence in which Vulcanius wrapped his private life and opinions.

Keywords: Bonaventura; Vulcanius



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