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...Charles Cossé de Brissac was born in 1628 and died in 1693. He was the grandson of the famous Charles II de Cossé, duc de Brissac (d. 1621) and a member of Henri IV’s Council of the Regency. Like many young aristocrats of his time, he...
...Mastricht, Petrus van Petrus van Mastricht was born at Cologne in 1630. After his theological studies in Utrecht, University of Utrecht, Leiden, and Heidelberg, he was a Reformed pastor in Xanten and later in Glückstadt. In 1667 he became...
...Paulus, Pieter Pieter Paulus, son of a mayor, was born in 1753 at Axel (States Flanders). He went to Utrecht in about 1770 to study law. In 1774 he matriculated at Leiden, attending Pestel’s Pestel, Friedrich Wilhelm von lectures on Grotius...
...Stevin, Simon Stevin was born in 1548 in Bruges to Antheunis Stevin and Cathelyne van der Poort. The first thirty years of his life remain shrouded in obscurity. In the 1570s he was probably working as a book-keeper in Antwerp and in 1577...
...Jacques Sirmond was born in Riom, in the Auvergne, on 12 October 1559, and died in Paris on 7 October 1651. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1576. He taught ancient languages in Pont-à-Mousson and then, from 1581, in Paris, where Pierre...
...Arminius, Jacobus Jacobus Arminius was born on 10 October 1560 in Oudewater, a town on the river IJssel in Holland about twelve miles from Utrecht towards Rotterdam. His father, a cutler named Herman Jacobszoon, is said to have died when...
...Gomarus, Franciscus Born François Gomaer in the Walloon-Flemish borderland in Bruges on 30 January 1563, Gomarus and his family became religious refugees after embracing the Reformed religion. He was educated at Strasbourg under...
...Coton, Pierre Bérulle, Pierre de Pierre Coton was born in the Loire region in 1564 and died in Paris on 19 April 1626. He studied law and then went on to join the Society of Jesus in Italy. On his return to France, he initiated a series...
...Mulerius, Nicolaus Nicolaus Mulerius was born as Nicolas des Muliers in Bruges (Flanders) on 25 December 1564. Coming from a Protestant family which was persecuted by the Inquisition, Mulerius moved north. In 1582 he matriculated at Leiden,...
...André Du Val (or Duval) was born in Pontoise on 15 January 1564 and died in Paris on 9 September 1638. He was the son of Robert Duval, a lawyer at the Parliament, and of Nicole d’Eaubonne. He began his education with the Jesuits, then went...