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Deux lettres inédites de Mélanchthon à la bibliothèque universitaire de Marbourg

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Two apographs from letters Melanchthon wrote to Denys Melander, the court chaplain at Kassel, have been discovered in a copy of the poetical adaptation of the Psalms of David which Eobanus Hessus made with a commentary by the Nuremberg theologian Theodore Vit. (MS. 584 in the University Library of Marburg.) This copy was originally owned by Melander himself, as is witnessed by a manuscript ex-libris. These letters, hitherto unpublished, are dated 18 January [1543] and 20 March 1559. They have been transcribed by two different hands. Without revealing unknown data regarding Melanchthon himself, the transcription, its translation into French, and the commentary elucidate the personality of the Kassel pastor Melander, of whom we know relatively little, within the framework of the Reformation.


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