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Ruusbroec’s Influence Until c.1800

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The after-effects and influence of Ruusbroec's thought in later centuries was not limited to the circulation of his works in manuscript and print. This chapter briefly treats these aspects of later Ruusbroec scholarship and mentions, however, that there continues to be a great need for general and thorough preliminary research in this area, despite the numerous detailed studies at disposal concerning particular figures or works. Regarding Ruusbroec's influence, the following people are notable: Theophilus Spizelius, who applauded his work in 1685; Paulus Freherus, who accorded him a position among the learned theologians in 1688; Johannes Antonius Fabricius, who compiled a reliable synthesis of available bibliographic details in 1734; and Johann Lorenz Mosheim, whose De beghardis et beguinabus, published posthumously, attempted to use available sources to acquire sound insight into Ruusbroec's thought.

Keywords: Johann Lorenz Mosheim; Johannes Antonius Fabricius; Paulus Freherus; Ruusbroec's influence; Theophilus Spizelius



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