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Byzantine Literature

To grasp correctly the essential characteristics of Byzantine literature, it is necessary first to analyze the elements of civilization that find expression in it, and the sources whence they spring. If Byzantine literature is the expression of the intellectual life of the Greek race of the Eastern Roman Empire during the Christian Middle Ages, it is evident that there is question here of an organism not simple but multiform; a combination of Greek and Christian civilization on the common foundation of the Roman political system, set in the intellectual and ethnographic atmosphere of the Near East. In Byzantine literature, therefore, four different cultural elements are to be reckoned with: the Greek, the Christian, the Roman, and the Oriental. Their reciprocal relations may be indicated by three intersecting circles all enclosed within a fourth and larger circle representing the Orient. Thus in each of the three smaller circles we shall have to determine the influence of the Orient.

The oldest of these three civilizations is the Greek. Its centre, however, is not Athens but Alexandria ; the circle accordingly represents not the Attic but the Hellenistic civilization. Alexandria itself, however, in the history of civilization, is not a unit, but rather a double quantity ; it is the centre at once of Atticizing scholarship and of Graeco-Judaic racial life. It looks towards Athens as well as towards Jerusalem. Herein lies the germ of the intellectual dualism which thoroughly permeates the Byzantine and partly also the modern Greek civilization, the dualism between the culture of scholars and that of the people. Even the literature of the Hellenistic age suffers from this dualism ; we distinguish in it two tendencies, one rationalistic and scholarly, the other romantic and popular. The former originated in the schools of the Alexandrian sophists and culminated in the rhetorical romance, its chief representatives being Lucian, Achilles Tatius, Heliodorus, and Longus, the latter had its root in the idyllic tendency of Theocritus, and culminated in the idyllic novel of Callimachus, Musaeus, Quintus of Smyrna, and others. Both tendencies persisted in Byzantium, but the first, as the one officially recognized, retained predominance and was not driven from the field until the fall of the empire. The first tendency, strong as it was, received additional support from the reactionary linguistic movement known as Atticism. Represented at its height by rhetoricians like Dionysius of Halicarnassus, and grammarians like Herodian and Phrynicus at Alexandria, this tendency prevailed from the second century B.C. onward, and with the force of an ecclesiastical dogma controlled all subsequent Greek culture, even so that the living form of the Greek language, even then being transformed into modern Greek, was quite obscured and only occasionally found expression, chiefly in private documents, though also in popular literature.

While Alexandria, as an important central and conservative factor, was thus influential in confining, and during the Byzantine period, directing, the literary and linguistic life of the later Greek world, a second conservative factor is found in the influence of the Roman culture-circle on the political and judicial life of the Eastern Empire. Alexandria, the centre of intellectual refinement, is balanced by Rome, the centre of government. It is as a Roman Umpire that the Byzantine State enters into history; its citizens are known as Romans ( Hromaioi ), its capital city as New Rome. Its laws were Roman; so were its government, its army, and its official class, and at first also its language and its private and public life. In short, the whole organization of the State was that of the Roman imperial period, with its hierarchy and bureaucracy entire and destined yet to play an important part. To these two ancient forces, Hellenistic intellectual culture and Roman governmental organization, are now to be added as important expressions of the new environment, the emotional life of Christianity and the world of Oriental imagination, the last enveloping all the other three.

It was in Alexandria also that Graeco-Oriental Christianity had its birth. There the Septuagint translation had been made; it was there that that fusion of Greek philosophy and Jewish religion took place which found in Philo its most important representative; there flourished the mystic speculative neo-Platonism associated with the names of Plotinus and Porphyry. At Alexandria the great Greek ecclesiastical writers pursued their studies with pagan rhetoricians and philosophers ; in fact several of them were born here, e.g. Origen, Athanasius, and his opponent Arius, also Cyril and Synesius. Not indeed in the city of Alexandria, but yet upon Egyptian soil, grew up that ascetic concept of life which attained such great importations as Byzantine monasticism. After Alexandria, Syria was important as a home of Christianity, its centre being Antioch, where a school of Christian commentators flourished under St. John Chrysostom and where later arose the Christian universal chronicles. In Syria, also, we find the germs of Greek ecclesiastical poetry, while from neighbouring Palestine came St. John of Damascus, the last of the Greek Fathers.

It is evident that Greek Christianity had of necessary a pronounced Oriental character ; Egypt and Syria are the real birthplaces of the Graeco-Oriental church, and indeed of Graeco-Oriental ( i.e. Byzantine) civilization in general. Egypt and Syria, with Asia Minor, became for the autochthonous Greek civilization a sort of America, where hundreds of flourishing cities sprang into existence, and where energies confined or crippled in the impoverished home-land found an unlimited opportunity to display themselves; not only did these cities surpass in material wealth the mother country, but soon also cultivated the highest goods of the intellect (Krumbacher). Under such circumstances it is not strange that about nine-tenths of all the Byzantine authors of the first eight centuries were natives of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Asia Minor. After this brief characterization of the various elements of Byzantine civilization, it is to be inquired in what relation they stood to each other, how they mingled, and what was the product of their combination. It is extremely instructive to notice how the two fundamental elements of Byzantinism, the Roman and the Hellenistic, are connected, both with each other and with the culture of the East -- what each one gains and what it loses, and what influence it has upon the other. The Roman supremacy in governmental life did not disappear in Byzantium. It was even amplified, through the union of Roman Caesarism with Oriental despotism. Moreover the subjection of the Church to the power of the State led to that governmental ecclesiasticism always irreconcilably opposed to the Roman Church , which had triumphed over the secular power. On the other hand, the intellectual superiority of the Greek element was shown by its victory over the Latin tongue as the official language of the Government. Its last Latin monument is the "Novellae" of Justinian. As early as the seventh century the Greek language made great progress, and by the eleventh the supremacy of Greek was secure, although it was never able to absorb the numerous other languages of the empire. Moreover, while the Greek world might artificially preserve the classic form of its ancient literature, the same cannot be said of the poetical feeling and the imagination. It was precisely in æsthetic culture that the Byzantine Greek broke completely with the ancient traditions; in literature and in the plastic arts the spirit of the Orient was everywhere victorious. On the one hand, some ancient literary types e.g., lyric verse and the drama became quite extinct, while only in the minor departments of literature was any great degree of skill attained; on the other hand, the ancient sense of proportion the feeling for beauty, and the creative power in poetry were wholly lost, and were replaced by a delight in the grotesque and the disproportioned on the one hand, and in ornamental trifles on the other. This injury, affecting literature and its free development, was a result of social conditions which contrast markedly with those of ancient Athens and ancient Rome, while they fit in perfectly with the masterful ways of the Orient. There is no trace of a body of free and educated citizens, which is in keeping with the Roman policy of close centralization, and consequently slight development of municipal life. Constantinople was the city, and no rivals were permitted. Literature was, therefore, wholly a concern of the high official and priestly classes; it was aristocratic or theological, not representative of the interests of the citizens. Thus classical standards could be imitated because only the upper classes concerned themselves with literature. For the same reason it lacked genuine spontaneity, having no roots in the life of the people. The Church alone -- and here we come to its influence on Byzantine civilization -- for some time infused fresh life into literature. Put even this life was an Oriental growth, for Greek hymnology is of Syrian origin. In Byzantium therefore, ecclesiastical and Oriental influences coincide. The Oriental influence is especially apparent in Byzantine plastic art. Here the ancient sources of inspiration are even more completely obscured than in the domain of literature, and we notice the same principles: complete absence of feeling for architectonic proportion of members, transference of the artistic centre of gravity to the interior, i.e. to the wall-surfaces, and there the replacing of form by colour, of the plastic effect by the picturesque; not, however, by broadly drawn fresco treatment but by the more artisanlike work in mosaic, with its predominance of ornamental motives. Wall-decoration and minor ornament are thus combined in a fashion analogous to the Byzantine treatment of annalistic and epigrammatic poetry. And while Byzantine art, like its poetry goes back to the Alexandrian, yet it is greatly aItered and modified by influences from Syria, Persia, and Asia Minor, so that it approaches the Oriental.

The next point to be discussed is the influence of the Orient upon Church and State. Here we must distinguish between direct and indirect forces. Chief among the former is the office of Emperor. In so far as the emperor unites in himself both secular and spiritual power, there falls upon him a glamour of Oriental theocracy ; his person is regarded as sacred; he is a representative of God, indeed the very image of God, and all must prostrate themselves before him; everything that serves for his use is sacred, even the red ink with which he underlines his signature. The Oriental character of the Byzantine Church appears in its tenacious dogmatic spirit the establishment of Christian doctrines by councils, the asceticism which affected monastic life so far as to hinder the formation of regular orders with community life, and also the mad fanaticism against the Roman West and the Church, which in the eleventh century finally led to an open breach. The Oriental character of Church and State is still more pronounced considered in its effect upon civic life. The lack of a vigorous citizen-body, owing to the lack of large cities, has already been mentioned. The landed nobility, offcials, and priests controlled political, social, and religious life. Hence the aristocratic, exclusive and non-popular character of the language and literature, and the one-sided development of both, down to the twelfth century. The Church, too, kept in subjection by the State, though failing to ennoble the inner religious life of the citizens, sought all the more zealously to fashion their external life upon an ecclesiastical model. The church edifice even served as a model for secular building; every house had its altar, and the family life followed ecclesiastical forms. On the other hand, we do not find the rich and fruitful interaction between spiritual and secular affairs that we do in western countries. The religious devotion to Mary gave rise to no chivalric devotion to woman, and from the oratories there came no religious drama. Theological and dogmatic interests outweighed the religious and ethical ; the individualistic sentiment was stronger than the social. Such, appoximately was the result of the mingling of the diverse elements in the body of Byzantine culture. What then were the cultural effects emanating from this complex organism?

The most momentous effect of the establishment of the Eastern Roman Empire on European civilization was the division of the latter into two parts: one Romance and Germanic, the other Greek and Slavic. Ethnographically, linguistically, ecclesiastically, and historically, both cultures are sharply distinct from each other, as is evident from a comparison of alphabets and calendars. The former division is the more progressive; the latter is the more conservative, and very slow to adapt itself to the West. Byzantium exerted a decided and effective influence only in the eastern half of the empire. Russia, the Balkan countries, and Turkey are the modern offshoots of Byzantine civilization; the first two particularly in ecclesiastical, political, and cultural respects (through the translation and adaptation of sacred, historical, and popular literature); the third in respect to civil government.

For the European West the Byzantine Empire and its culture are significant in a twofold way. Indirectly, this Empire affected the West in forming a strong bulwark against the frequent advances of the Asiatic races and protecting Europe for centuries from the burdens of war. Byzantium was also the store-house of the greatest literature of the ancients, the Greek. During the Middle Ages, until the capture of the Constantinople, the West was acquainted only with Roman literature. Greek antiquity was first unlocked for it by the treasures which fugitive Greek humanists carried to Italy. Byzantine culture had a direct influence especially upon Southern and Central Europe, that is to say on Italy, in church music and church poetry though this was only in the very early period (until the seventh century); it had a permanent and wider influence in ecclesiastical architecture, through the development of the so-called Romanesque style (in the tenth and eleventh centuries), the Oriental and Byzantine origin of which has been more clearly recognized of late. This influence was transmitted through the Frankish and Salic emperors, primarily Charlemagne, whose relations with Byzantium are well known. Probably it was also in this way that Byzantine titles and ceremonial were introduced into Central Europe, and that Central and Eastern European official life assumed its hierarchical and bureaucratical character. Finally, though not very numerous, the effects of Byzantine culture upon the countries of the Near East, expecially upon the Armenians, the Persians, and the Arabs, must not be underestimated. Even if Byzantium received from these nations more than it imparted, still the Byzantines gave a strong intellectual impulse to the Orient, particularly by enriching its scholarly literature, though even in this they served chiefly as intermediaries.

In the following account Byzantine literature is classified in five groups. The first three include representatives of those kinds of literature which continued the ancient traditions: historians (including also the chroniclers), encyclopedists, and essayists, and writers of secular poetry. The remaining two groups include the new literary species, ecclesiastical and theological literature, and popular poetry.

I. HISTORIANS AND ANNALISTS

The two groups of secular prose literature show clearly the dual character of Byzantine intellectual life in its social, religious, and linguistic aspects. From this point of view historical and annalistic literature supplement each other; the former is aristocratic, the latter is secular, the latter ecclesiastical and monastic ; the former is classical, the latter popular. The works of the historians belong to scholarly literature, those of the annalists (or chroniclers) to the literature of the people. The former are carefully elaborated, the latter give only raw material, the former confine themselves to the description of the present and the most recent past, and thus have rather the character of contemporary records; the latter cover the whole history of the world as known to the Middle Ages. The former are therefore the more valuable for political history; the latter for the history of civilization. The following detailed account will bring to light still further differences.

A. Historians

Classical literary tradition set the standard for Byzantine historians in their grasp of the aims of history, the manner of handling their subjects, and in style of composition. Their works are thoroughly concrete and objective in character, without passion, and even without enthusiasm. Ardent patriotism and personal convictions are rarely evident. They are diplomatic historians, expert in the use of historical sources and in the polished tact called for by their social position; they are not closet-scholars, ignorant of the world, but men who stood out in public life: jurists like Procopius, Agathias, Evagrius, Michael Attaliates, statesmen like Joannes Cinnamus, Nicetas Acominatus, Georgius Pachymeres, Laonicus Chalcondyles; generals and diplomats like Nicephorus Bryennius, Georgius Acropolites, Georgius Phrantzes; and even crowned heads, like Constantine Porphyrogenitus, Anna Comnena, John VI Cantacuzene, and others. The Byzantine historians thus represent not only the social but also the intellectual flower of their time, resembing in this their Greek predecessors, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, and Polybius, who became their guides and models. In some cases a Byzantine chooses one or another classic writer to imitate in method and style. The majority, however, took as models several authors, a custom which gave rise to a peculiar mosaic style, quite characteristic of the Byzantines. This was not always due to mere caprice, but often resulted from a real community of feeling, effectually preventing, however, any development of an individual style. For the continuity of historical style it would surely have been desirable for an historian of such great influence on posterity as Procopius to have chosen as his model Polybius rather than Thucydides. That such was not the case, however, is not the fault of the Byzantines but of the "Atticists" who had checked the natural course of the development. Nevertheless, within the limit of this development, it is certainly no accident that military characters like Nicephorus Bryennius (eleventh and twelfth centuries) and Joannes Cinnamus (twelfth century) emanated Xenophon in the precision of their diction, and that a philosophic character like Nicephorus Gregoras (thirteenth century) took Plato as his model. On the other hand, it is doubtless due to chance that writers trained in theology like Leo Diaconus and Georgius Pachymeres chose to ornament their pages with Homeric turns. On the whole it is in the later historians that the dualism of Byzantine civilization -- ecclesiastico-political matter in classical form -- becomes most apparent.

Although the Byzantine historians are thus for the most part dependent on foreign models, and while, to outward appearances, they form a continuous series in which each begins where his predecessor stopped, yet they do not blend into a uniform whole, distinguishable only under the light cast on them from classic literature. There are, on the contrary, clearly marked groups within which individual personalities stand out with distinctness. Most of the historians come in either the period embracing the sixth and seventh centuries, or that extending from the eleventh to the fifteenth century, i.e. either during the reigns of the East-Roman emperors or those of the Comneni and the Palaeologi. At the time of its zenith under the Macedonian emperors (the ninth and tenth centuries) the Byzantine world produced great heroes, but no great historians, if we except the solitary and therefore more conspicuous, figure of the Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus.

The first period is dominated by Procopius, not so much because of his personal character, as on account of his share in historical events of universal interest and his literary importance. As a man he was typically Byzantine, as is evident from a comparison of two of his works, in one of which his depreciation of the Emperor Justinian is as emphatic as his unqualified apotheosis of him in the other. In literature, and as a historian, however, he still has one foot on the soil of antiquity, as is evident in the precision and lucidity of his narrative acquired from Thucydides, and in the reliability of his information, qualities of special merit in the historian. Significantly enough, Procopius and to a great degree his continuator, Agathias remain the models of descriptive style, even as late as the eleventh century. Procopius is the first representative of the over-laden, over-ornamented Byzantine style in literature and in this is surpassed only by Theophylaktos Simokattes in the seventh century, while others continued to imitate the historian of the Gothic War. In spite of their unclassical form, however, they approach the ancients in their freedom from ecclesiastical and dogmatic tendencies.

Between the historical writings of the first period, in form and content half antique, and those of the second, characterized by reverence for an artificial classicism, there is an isolated series of works which in matter and form offer a strong contrast to both the aforesaid groups. These are the works current under the name of the Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (tenth century), dealing respectively with the administration of the empire, its political division, and the ceremonial of the Byzantine Court. They treat of the internals conditions of the empire, and the first and third are distinguished by their use of a popular tongue. Their content also is of great value; the first is an important source of information for the ethnological conditions of the empire, while the last is an interesting contribution to the history of civilization in the Byzantine Orient.

The second group of historians present very different characteristics. In their works a classical eclecticism veils theological fanaticism quite foreign to the classic spirit and an arrogant chauvinism. Revelling in classical forms the historians of the period of the Commeni and Palaeologi were absolutely devoid of the classical spirit; there are among them however--and this goes far to palliate their faults--much stronger and more sympathetic personalities than in the first period. It seems as if, amid all the weakening of civil and imperial power, a few great individual personalities stood out, all the more striking because of the general decay. Indeed, the individuality of each is so vigorous that it impairs the objectivity of his work. This is particularly true of those historians who belonged to an imperial family or were closely related to one. Most of these writers produced partian works. Such are the "Alexiad", the pedantic work of the Princess Anna Comnena (a glorification of her father Alexius, and of the reorganization of the empire set afoot by him), the historical work of her husband, Nicephorus Bryennius (eleventh and twelfth centuries; a description of the internal conflicts that accompanied the rise of the Commeni, done in the form of a family chronicle), and lastly the self-complacent narrative of his own achievements by one of the Palaeologi, John VI Cantacuzene (fourteenth century). The historical writers of this period exhibit also very striking antitheses both personal and objective. Beside Cinnamus, who honestly hated everything Western, stand the broad-minded Nicetas Acominatus (twelfth century) and the conciliatory but dignified Georgius Acropolites (thirteenth century); beside the theological polemist, Pachymeres (thirteenth century), stands the man of the world, Nicephorus Gregoras (fourteenth century), well versed in philosophy and the classics. While these and other similar writers are less objective than is desirable in their presentation of internal Byzantine history, they are all the more trustworthy in their accounts of external events, being especially important sources for the first appearance of the Slavs and Turks on the borders of the Empire.

B. Chroniclers

Unlike the historical works, Byzantine chronicles were intended for the general public; hence the difference in their origin, development and diffusion, as well as in their character, the method in which materials are handled, and their style of composition. The beginnings of the Byzantine chronicle have not yet been satisfactorily traced. That they are not very remote seems certain from their comparatively late appearance, as compared with historical literature (sixth century), and from their total lack of contact with hellenistic ( pagan ) tradition. In point of locality, also, the chronicle literature is originally foreign to Greek civilization, its first important product having been composed in Syria, by all uneducated Syrian. Its presumable prototype, moreover, the "Chronography" of Sextus Julius Africanus, points to an Oriental Christian source. Accordingly, the origins and development of the chronicle literature are combined to a much narrower circle; it has no connection with persons of distinction and is not in touch with the great world; its models are bound almost exclusively within its own narrow sphere. The high-water mark of the Byzantine chronicle was reached in the ninth century, precisely at a time when there is a gap in historical literature. Afterwards it falls off rather abruptly; the lesser chroniclers, met with as late as the twelfth century, draws partly from contemporary and partly, though at rare intervals, from the earlier historians. In the Palaeologi period there are, significantly enough, no chroniclers of any note.

The importance of Byzantine chronicles lies not in their historical and literary value, but in their relation to civilization. They are not only an important source for the history of Byzantine civilization, but themselves contributed to the spread of that civilization. The most important chronicles, through numerous redactions and translations, passed over to Slavic and Oriental peoples and in this way became one of their earliest sources of civilization. Their influence was chiefly due to their popular tone and bias. They depict only what lies within the popular world of consciousness, events wonderful and dreadful painted in glaring colours, and interpreted in a Christian sense. The method of handling materials is extremely primitive. Beneath each section of a chronicle lies some older source usually but slightly modified, so that the whole story resembles a crude collection of material rather than ingenious mosaic like the narratives of the historians. The diction corresponds with the low level of education in both author and reader, and is naturally that of the popular tongue in its original purity, therefore these chronicles are a rich treasure-house for the comparative study of languages.

Representative Byzantine chronicles, typical also of the different stages in the development of the chronicle, are the three of Joannes Malalas, Theophanes Confessor, and Joannes Zonaras respectively. The first is the earliest Christian Byzantine monastic chronicle, and was composed in the Antioch in the sixth century by a hellenized Syrian (consequently Monophysite ) theologian. Originally a chronicle of the city, it was later expanded into a world-chronicle. It is a popular historical work, full of the gravest historical and chronological errors, and the first monument of a purely popular hellenistic civilization. It is the chief source for most of the later chroniclers, as well as for a few church historians ; it is also the earliest popular history, which was translated into Old-Bulgarian, about the end of the ninth or the beginning of the tenth century. Superior in substance and form, and more properly historical, is the Chronicle of Theophanes, a monk of Asia Minor , written in the ninth century, and in its turn a model for later chronicles. It contains much valuable information from lost sources, and its importance for the Western world is due to the fact that by the end of the ninth century it had to be translated into Latin. A third guide-post in the history of Byzantine chronicles is the twelfth-century Universal Chronicle of Zonaras. There is already apparent in it something of the atmosphere of the renaissance that occurred under the Comneni; not only is the narrative better than that of Theophanes, but in it many passages from ancient writers are worked into the text. It is not to be wondered at therefore, that this chronicle was translated not only into Slavic and Latin, but also, in the sixteenth century, into Italian and French.

II. ENCYCLOPEDISTS AND ESSAYISTS

The spirit of antiquarian scholarship awoke in Byzantium earlier than in the West, though it proved less productive. It is extremely significant, however, that the study of antiquity at Byzantium was begun not by Iaymen, but lay theologians. For this reason it always had a certain scholastic flavour; the Byzantine humanistic spirit savoured alike of antiquity and the Middle Ages ; neither ever really gained the upper hand. A pronounced interest in the literature of Greek antiquity was first manifested at Constantinople in the second half of the ninth century. It was primarily directed to the systematic collection and sifting of manuscripts. With the twelfth century begins the period of original productions in imitation of antique models, a revival of the Alexandrian essay and rhetorical literature, a number of writers showing vigorous originality. Quite isolated between the two periods stands Michael Psellus, a universal genius of the eleventh century who bridges over the periods. While the humanism of the ninth and tenth centuries retained throughout a strong theological colouring and maintained a hostile attitude towards the West, that of the twelfth to the fourteenth century developed several writers who consciously or unconsciously sought to break away from orthodox classicism, and to attain a true humanism, and so became the earliest forerunners of the Italian Renaissance. The new spirit first found expression in an academy founded for classical studies at Constantinople in 863. About the same time the broadly trained and energetic Photius, patriarch of the city and the greatest stateman of the Greek Church (820-897), exhibited much enthusiasm in the collection of forgotten manuscripts and an intuitive genius for the revival of forgotten works of antiquity and the discovery of works hitherto unknown, in which his attention, however, was chiefly directed to the prose writers, a fact indicative of his sound practical sense. Photius made selections or excerpts from all the works he discovered, and were the beginning of his celebrated "Bibliotheca" (Library), which, despite its dry and schematic character, is the most valuable literary compendium of the Middle Ages, containing, as it does, trustworthy summaries of many ancient works that have since been lost, together with which many good characterizations and analyses are given, e.g. those of Lucian and Heliodorus. Strangely enough the same Photius, who thus laid a foundation for the renewed study of antiquity, also prepared the way for the Greek Schism, that momentous break of the Greek world from the West and its civilization. Even within his own Church, however, he appears greater as an ecclesiastical statesman than as a theologian. The encyclopedic activity in Byzantium which had been begun by Photius was more assiduously pursued in the tenth century, particularly in the systematic collecting of materials, which is usually associated with the name of the Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (913-959). Scholars did not confine themselves solely to collecting materials, but formed great compilations, arranged according to subjects, on the basis of older sources. Among them was an encyclopedia of political science which contained extracts from the classical, Alexandrian, and Roman Byzantine periods; it is preserved, however, only in a few fragments. If we take account also of the fact that in the same century originated the collection of ancient epigrams known as the "Anthologia Palatina", as well as the scientific dictionary which goes under the name of Suidas, we may rightly designate the tenth century as that of the encyclopedias.

A typical representative of the period appears in the following century in the person of the greatest encyclopedist of Byzantine literature, Michael Psellus. Like Bacon, he stands between the Middle Ages and modern times. He is not, like Photius, a theologian, but a jurist and a man of the world; his mind is not only receptive but productive; he not only does not undervalue the old philosophers, as does Photius, who was more concerned with points of philosophy and grammar, but is himself of a philosophic temperament. He was the first of his intellectual circle to raise the philosophy of Plato above that of Aristotle and to teach philosophy as a professor. Though surpassing Photius in intellect and wit, he lacks that scholar's dignity and solidity of character. A certain restless brilliancy characterized the course of his life, as well as his literary activity. At first a lawyer, he then became a professor of philosophy, was for a time a monk, then a court official, and ended his career as prime minister. He was equally adroit and many-sided in his literary work, in this respect resembling Leibniz. In harmony with the polished, pliant nature of the courtier is his elegant Platonic style, as it is exhibited most distinctly in his letters and speeches. His extensive correspondence furnishes endless material for an understanding of his personal and literary character. In his speeches, especially in his funeral orations, we recognize clearly the ennobling influence of his Attic models, that delivered on the death of his mother shows deep sensibility. Compared with Photius Psellus had something of a poetic temperament, as several of his poems show, though indeed they owe their origin more to satirical fancy or to external occasions than to deep poetic feeling. Though Psellus exhibits more formal skill than original, creative talent, his endowments proved most valuable for his time, which was particularly backward in the direction of æsthetic culture. The intellectual freedom of the great scholars ( polyhistores ), ecclesiastical and secular of the twelfth to the fourteenth century would be inconceivable without the activity of Psellus, the first great victor over Byzantine scholasticism who cleared the way for his successors.

In one point indeed, and that important in passing any judgment on him, Psellus was surpassed by most of his intellectual posterity, i.e. in character. It is true there are also among his successors many morally corrupt and hollow natures, like Nicephorus Blemmydes, and Hyrtakenos; the majority, however, are admirable for their rectitude of intention and sincerity of feeling, and their beneficently broad culture. Among these great intellects and strong characters of the twelfth century several theologians are especially conspicuous, e.g. Eustathius, of Thessalonica, Michael Italicus, and Michael Acominatus ; in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries several secular scholars, like Maximus Planudes, Theodorus Metochites, and above all, Nicephorus Gregoras. The three theologians first named are best judged by their letters and minor occasional writings. Eustathius seems to be the most important among them, not only because of his learned of his learned commentary on Homer and Pindar, but particulaly because of his own original writings. Therein he reveals a candid character, courageously holding up every evil to the light and intent upon its correction, not shrinking from sharp controversy. In one of his works he attacks the corruption of the monastic life of that day and its intellectual stagnation; in another, one of the best of the Byzantine polemical writings, he assails the hypocrisy and sham holiness of his time ; in a third he denounces the conceit and arrogance of the Byzantine priests, who were ashamed of their popular designation, " pope ". For a rhetorician like Michael Italicus, later a bishop, it is extremely significant that he should attack the chief weakness of Byzantine literature, external imitation; this he did on receiving a work by a patriarch, which was simply a disorderly collection of fragments from other writers, so poorly put together that the sources were immediately recognizable.

Noteworthy also is the noble figure of the pupil and friend of Eustathius, Michael Acominatus (twelfth and thirteenth centuries) Archbishop of Athens and brother of the historian Nicetas Acominatus. His inaugural address, delivered on the Acropolis, compared by Gregorovius with Gregory the Great's sermon to the Romans in St. Peter's, exhibits both profound classical scholarship and high enthusiasm; the latter, however, is somewhat out of place in view of the material and spiritual wretchedness of his times. These pitiful conditions moved him to compose an elegy, famous because unique, on the decay of Athens, a sort of poetical and antiquarian apostrophe to fallen greatness. Gregorovius compares this also with a Latin counterpart, the lament of Bishop Hildebert of Tours on the demolition of Rome by the Normans (1106). More wordy and rhetorical are the funeral orations over his teacher, Eustathius (1195), and over his brother Nicetas, both of them, nevertheless, fine evidences of a noble disposition and deep feeling. In spite of his humanism, Michael, like his brother, remained a fanatical opponent of the Latins, whom he called "barbarians". They had driven him into exile at Ceos, whence he addressed many letters to his friends which are of great value for the understanding of his character. In his style he is strongly influenced by Eustathius; hence the ecclesiastical note in his otherwise classical diction.

With Theodorus Metochites and Maximus Planudes we come to the universal scholars ( polyhistores ) of the time of the Palaeologi. The former gives evidence of his humanistic zeal in his frequent use of the hexameter, the latter in his knowledge of the Latin, both being otherwise unknown in Byzantium and acquaintance with them foreboding a new and broader grasp of antiquity. Both men show an unusually fine grasp of poetry, especially of the poetry of nature. Metochites composed meditations on the beauty of the sea; Planudes was the author of a long poetic idyll, a kind of literature otherwise little cultivated by Byzantine scholars. On the whole, Metochites was a thinker and poet, Planudes chiefly an imitator and compiler. Metochites was of the more speculative disposition, as his collection of philosophical and historical miscellanies show. Planudes was more precise, as his preference for mathematics proves. It is worth noting, as an evidence of comtemporary progress in philosophy, that Metochites openly attacks Aristotle. He also deals more frankly with political questions, as is shown, for instance, in his comparison of democracy, aristocracy, and monarchy. In spite of this breadth of interest his culture rests wholly on a Greek basis, while Planudes, by his translations from the Latin (Cato, Ovid, Cicero, Caesar, and Boethius ), vastly enlarged the Eastern intellectual horizon.

This inclination toward the West is most noticeable in Nicephorus Gregoras, the great pupil of Metochites. His project for a reform of the calendar alone suffices to rank him among the modern and superior intellects of his time, as he will surely be admitted to have been if ever his numerous and varied works in every domain of Byzantine intellectual activity are brought to light. His letters, especially, promise a rich harvest. His method of exposition is based on that of Plato, when he also imitated in his ecclesiastico-political discussions, e.g. in his dialogue "Florentius, or Concerning Wisdom". These disputations with his opponent, Balaam, dealt with the question of church union, in which Gregoras stood on the side of the Unionists. This attitude, which places him outside the sphere of strictly Byzantine culture, brought upon him bitter hostility and the loss of the privilege of teaching; he had been occupied chiefly with the exact sciences, whereby he held already earned the hatred of orthodox Byzantines.

While, therefore, the Byzantine essayists and encyclopedists stood, externally, wholly under the influence of ancient rhetoric and its rules and while they did not, like Bacon, create an entirety new form of the essay, yet they embodied in the traditional form their own characteristic knowledge, and thereby lent it a new charm.

III. SECULAR POETRY

As the prose literature, both historical and philosophical, followed one or more ancient models--the former Thucydides in particular, the latter Plato --so poetry likewise had its prototypes; each of its principal classes had, so to speak, an ancient progenitor to whom it traced back its origins. Unlike the prose literature, however, these new kinds of poetical Byzantine literature and their models are not to be traced back to the classical Attic period. The Byzantines write neither lyrics nor dramas and imitate neither Pindar nor Sophocles. They irritate the literature of the post-classic or Alexandrian period, and write romances, panegyrics, epigrams, satires, and didactic and hortatory poetry. The chief Alexandrian representative or these species of literature are the models for the Byzantines, in particular Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius, Asclepiades and Posidippus, Lucian and Longus. For didactic poetry it is necessary to go back to an earlier prototype, a work ascribed to Isocrates, by whom, however, it was not actually written. The poetic temperament of the Byzantines is thus akin to that of the Alexandrian, not of the Attic, writers. This statement is of great importance for the understanding of the poetry of Byzantium. Only one new poetic type was evolved independently by the Byzantines -- the begging-poem. The five ancient types and the new one just mentioned are not contemporaneous in the Byzantine period, the epigram and the panegyric developed first (in the sixth and seventh centuries), and then only, at long intervals, the others, i.e. satire, didactic and begging poetry, finally the romance. All of these appear side by side only after the twelfth century, that is to say in the period of decay, they themselves marking a decadence in literature.

The epigram was the artistic form of later antiquity which best suited the Byzantine taste for the ornamental and for intellectual ingenuity. It corresponded exactly to the concept of the minor arts, which in the Byzantine period attained such high development. It made no lofty demands on the imagination of the author; the chief difficulty lay rather in the technique and the attainment of the utmost possible pregnancy of phrase. Two groups may be distinguished among the Byzantine epigrammatists: one pagan and humanistic in tendency, the other Christian. The former is represented chiefly by Agathias (sixth century) and Christophorus of Mitylene (eleventh century), the latter by the ecclesiastics, Georgius Pisides (seventh century) and Theodort Studites (ninth century). Between the two groups, in point of time as well as in character, stands Joannes Geometres (tenth century). The chief phases in the development of the Byzantine epigram are most evident in the works of these three. Agathias, who has already been mentioned among the historians, as an epigrammatist, has the peculiarities of the school of the semi-Byzantine Egyptian Nonnus (about A.D. 400). He wrote in an affected and turgid style, in the classical form of the hexameter; he abounds, however, in brilliant ideas, and in his skilful imitation of the ancients, particularly in his erotic pieces, he surpasses most of the epigrammatists of the imperial period. Agathias also prepared a collection of epigrams, partly his own and partly by other writers, some of which afterwards passed into the "Anthologia palatina" and have thus been preserved. The abbot Theodorus Studites is in every respect the opposite of Agathias, a man of deep earnestness and simple piety, with a fine power of observation in nature and life, full of sentiment and warmth and simplicity of expression, his writings are free from servile imitation of the ancients, though he occasionally betrays the influence of Nonnus. Of his epigrams, which touch on the most varied things and situations, those treating of the life and personnel of his monastery offer especial interest for the history of civilization. Joannes Geometres is in a way a combination of the two preceding writers. During the course of his life he filled both secular and ecclesiastical offices; his poetry also was of a universal character ; of a deeply religious temper, he was still fully appreciative of the greatness of the ancient Greeks. Alongside of epigrams on ancient poets, philosophers, rhetoricians and historians are others on famous Church Fathers , poets, and saints. In point of poetic treatment, the epigrams on contemporary and secular topics are superior to those on religious and classic subjects. He is at his best when depicting historical events and situations that have come within his own experience, and reflect his own spiritual moods (Krumbacher).

Less agreeable than the epigrams are the official panegyrics on emperors and their achievements, which unfortunately even the best writers often could not escape composing. Typical of this kind of literature are the commemorative poem of Paulus Silentiarius on the dedication of the church of St. Sophia, and that of Georgius Pisides on the victory of these great events, but the glory of the prince. Unfavourable conclusions must not the drawn, however, as to the character of these poets, when it is borne in mind that such eulogies were composed of only by courtiers like Psellus and Manuel Holobolos (thirteenth century), but also by dignified and independent characters like Eustathius and Michael Acominatus. In fact this species of literature had become traditional, and had been handed down from imperial Rome to Byzantium as a part of ancient rhetoric with all the extravagance of a thoroughly decadent literature (F. Grego

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Barkworth, Ven. Mark

( Alias LAMBERT.) Priest and martyr, born about 1572 in Lincolnshire; executed at Tyburn 27 ...

Barlaam and Josaphat

The principal characters of a legend of Christian antiquity, which was a favourite subject of ...

Barletta, Gabriel

(Sometimes called Barlete, De Barolo, Barolus) Preacher, b., according to some, in the ...

Barlings, Abbey of

Located about six miles E.N.E. of Lincoln, England, founded in 1154 in honour of Our Lady by ...

Barlow, Ven. Edward Ambrose

( Alias R ADCLIFFE and B RERETON .) Priest and martyr, b. at Barlow Hall, 1585; d. 10 ...

Barlow, William Rudesind

Third son of Sir Alexander Barlow of Barlow Hall, near Manchester, England, and Mary Brereton ...

Barnabas of Terni

( Interamna ) Friar Minor and missionary, d. 1474 (or 1477). He belonged to the noble family ...

Barnabas, Saint

Barnabas (originally Joseph), styled an Apostle in Holy Scripture , and, like St. Paul, ranked ...

Barnabas, The Epistle of

Authorities for the Text and Editions There is a triple tradition of the Greek text of this ...

Barnabites

The popular name of a religious order which is canonically known by the title, given to it by ...

Baroccio, Federigo

Called Fiore d'Urbino, a distinguished painter and engraver, born at Urbino, 1528; died at the ...

Barocco Style

( French baroque ). A debased application to architecture of Renaissance features. The term ...

Baron, Bonaventura

A distinguished Irish Franciscan theologian, philosopher, and writer of Latin prose and verse, ...

Baron, Vincent

A Dominican theologian and preacher, b. at Martres, in the department of the Haute-Garonne, ...

Baronius, Venerable Cesare

Cardinal and ecclesiastical historian, born at Sora in the Kingdom of Naples, 30 August, 1538; ...

Barquisimeto

(De Barquisimeto) Diocese in Venezuela, South America. The city is the capital of the State ...

Barradas, Sebastião

A Portuguese exegete and preacher, born at Lisbon in 1543; died at Coimbra in 1615. In 1558 he ...

Barral, Louis-Mathias, Count de

Archbishop of Tours, France, born 26 April, 1746, at Grenoble ; died 7 June, 1816, at Paris. ...

Barrande, Joachim

French palæ ontologist, b. at Sangues (Haute-Loire), 11 August, 1799; d. at Frohsdorff, ...

Barrasa, Jacinto

( Or Barraza). Born at Lima, Peru, early in the seventeenth century; died there, 22 Nov., ...

Barre, Antoine-Lefebvre, Sieur de la

Tenth French Governor-General of Canada, b. at Paris in 1622; d. in 1690. De la Barre was made ...

Barreira, Balthasar

A Portuguese Jesuit missionary, born at Lisbon, 1531; died 1612, on the mission of Angola, ...

Barrientos, Lopez de

A Spanish Dominican bishop, patriot, and diplomat, b. at Medina del Campo, Kingdom of Leon ...

Barron, Edward

A missionary, born at Waterford, Ireland, 1801; died at Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A. 12 Sept., ...

Barros, João de

Historian, b. in Portugal, 1496; d. 20 October, 1570. Of his early youth little is known. In ...

Barrow, John

Priest, descended from a family of stanch Catholic yeomen, b. 13 May, 1735, at ...

Barrow, William, Venerable

( Alias Waring, alias Harcourt). An English Jesuit martyr, born in Lancashire, in 1609, ...

Barruel, Augustin

Controversialist and publicist, born at Villeneuve de Berg (Ardeche); 2 October, 1741; died at ...

Barry, John

Captain in the United States navy, b. at Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland, in 1745; d. at ...

Barry, John

Second Bishop of Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.; b. 1799 in the parish of Oylegate, Co. Wexford, ...

Barry, Patrick

Horticulturist, b. near Belfast, Ireland, May, 1816; d. at Rochester, New York, U.S.A., 23 June, ...

Barry, Paul de

Born at Leucate in 1587; died at Avignon, 28 July, 1661. He was a member of the Society of ...

Barthélemy, Jean-Jacques

A celebrated French numismatologist and writer, b. at Cassis (Provence), 1716; d. in Paris, ...

Barthel, Johann Caspar

A German canonist, b. 10 June, 1697, at Kitzingen, Bavaria ; d. 8 April, 1771. He was the son of ...

Bartholi, Francesco della Rossa

Friar Minor and chronicler, died c. 1372. Little is known of his life save what may be gathered ...

Bartholomaeus Anglicus

Franciscan encyclopedist of the thirteenth century. An Englishman by birth he had been professor ...

Bartholomew

"APOSTLE OF ARMENIA." Also called Bartholomaeus Parvus (the Little), born at Bologna, year not ...

Bartholomew of Braga, Venerable

Born at Verdela, near Lisbon, May, 1514; died at Viana, 16 July, 1590. Bartholomew Fernandez, ...

Bartholomew of Braganca

Born about 1200; died 1 July, 1271. He made his studies at Padua, receiving there the habit of the ...

Bartholomew of Brescia

An Italian canonist, b. probably in the second half of the twelfth century at Brescia ; d. ...

Bartholomew of Edessa

Syrian apologist and polemical writers. The place of his birth is not known, it was probably ...

Bartholomew of Lucca

(Or de Fiadonibus, sometimes abbreviated Ptolomeo or Tolomeo) Historian, b. about 1227 at Lucca ...

Bartholomew of Pisa

Friar Minor and chronicler. The fact that there were two Friars Minor named Bartholomew living ...

Bartholomew of San Concordio

(Also of Pisa ) Canonist, and man of letters, b. at San Concordia, near Pisa about ...

Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Saint

This massacre of which Protestants were the victims occurred in Paris on 24 August, 1572 (the ...

Bartholomew, Saint

One of the Twelve Apostles, mentioned sixth in the three Gospel lists ( Matthew 10:3 ; Mark ...

Bartholomites

The name given to Armenian monks who sought refuge in Italy after the invasion of their country ...

Bartoli, Daniello

An historian and littérateur , born at Ferrara, 12 February, 1608; died in Rome, 12 ...

Bartolocci, Giulio

A Cistercian monk and learned Hebrew scholar, b. at Celleno in the old kingdom of Naples, 1 ...

Bartolommeo, Fra

An Italian painter and a member of the Dominican Order, b. in 1475 in the territory belonging ...

Bartolozzi, Francesco

An engraver, etcher, and painter, b. at Florence, 1727; d. at Lisbon, 1815. His father was a ...

Barton, Elizabeth

Born probably in 1506; executed at Tyburn, 20 April, 1534; called the "Nun of Kent." The career of ...

Baruch

( Hebrew Barûkh , blessed, Benedict; Septuagint Barouch ). The disciple of ...

Barzynski, Vincent

Born at Sulislawice, Sandomir, Russian Poland, 1838; d. at Chicago, 2 May, 1899. The son of ...

Bas-relief

A sculpture executed upon and attached to a flat surface. The usual impression produced by an ...

Basil of Amasea

(Basileus or Basilius) Bishop and Martyr. In St. Jerome's Latin version of the Chronicle of ...

Basil of Seleucia

Bishop and ecclesiastical writer, date of birth uncertain; d., probably, between 458 and 460; ...

Basil the Great, Saint

Bishop of Caesarea, and one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church. Born probably 329; ...

Basil, Liturgy of Saint

Several Oriental liturgies, or at least several anaphoras, have been attributed to the great ...

Basil, Rule of Saint

I. Under the name of Basilians are included all the religious who follow the Rule of St. Basil. ...

Basilians

(Priests of the Community of St. Basil) During the French Revolution, Mgr. D'Aviau, the last ...

Basilica

( Stoa basilike , or basileios ). The term basilica can indicate either the ...

Basilides

The earliest of the Alexandrian Gnostics ; he was a native of Alexandria and flourished under ...

Basilides

Martyrs bearing the name of Basilides are mentioned in the old martyrologies on three different ...

Basilinopolis

A titular see of Asia Minor. Originally a small village in Bithynia Prima, it obtained the rank ...

Basilissa

Various female martyrs, attributed to different localities yet bearing the common name of ...

Basins, Ecclesiastical Use of

Basins were extensively used in the Jewish Ritual and were in early use in Christian churches ...

Basle, Council of

Convoked by Pope Martin V in 1431, closed at Lausanne in 1449. The position of the pope as the ...

Basle-Lugano

Basle-Lugano is the largest Catholic diocese of Switzerland. It is composed of the two Dioceses ...

Bassein

A town situated twenty-nine miles north of Bombay in British India, and now of much historic ...

Bassett, Joshua

Convert and controversialist, Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England, under James II, ...

Bassi, Matthew of

Founder and first Superior-General of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, the principal branch ...

Bassianus

Bishop of Ephesus (444-448). As a priest of Ephesus the charities of Bassianus so won the ...

Bastiat, Claude-Frédéric

A French economist, b. at Mugron, a small city in the Department of Landes, 29 June, 1801; d. at ...

Baston, Guillaume-André-Réné

A French theologian, b. at Rouen, 29 November, 1741; d. at Saint-Laurent, 26 September, 1825. He ...

Basutoland

(Prefecture Apostolic of Basutoland) Basutoland, a mountainous district of South Africa, is ...

Batavia

(Vicariate Apostolic of Batavia) When the Portuguese took possession of the island of Java, of ...

Bath Abbey

The first religious house in Bath was a monastery of nuns founded by King Osric, A.D. 676. This ...

Bath and Wells

B ADONIENSIS ET W ELLENSIS (Bath, Aquae Solis, Bathonia, Bathensis, Bathoniensis ; Wells, ...

Bathe, William

Writer on music and education, b. at Dublin, Ireland, 2 April, 1564; d. at Madrid, 17 June, ...

Bathilde, Saint

(Or BATILDE). Wife of Clovis II, King of France, time and place of birth unknown; d. ...

Bathurst

Diocese situated in New South Wales, Australia, in the ecclesiastical Province of Sydney, ...

Battaglini, Marco

A historian of the councils, b. at Rimini, Italy, 25 March, 1645; d. at Cesena, 19 September, ...

Batteux, Charles

Abbé and writer on philosophy and æsthetics, b. near Vouziers, France, 6 May, ...

Battista, Giovanni Giuda Giona

(His original name was Jehuda Jona Ben-Isaac). Born of Jewish parents at Safed in Galilee, ...

Battle Abbey

Founded by William the Conqueror on the site of the Battle of Senlae or Hastings (1066), nearly ...

Bauberger, Wilhelm

German physician, novelist, and poet, b. at Thannhausen in Swabian Bavaria, 3 March, 1809; d. at ...

Baudeau, Nicolas

Regular Canon and economist, b. at Amboise, France, 25 April, 1730; d. in 1792. He became a ...

Baudouin, Michel

Italian missionary, born in Quebec, Canada, 8 March, 1692, entered the Society of Jesus in ...

Baumgartner, Alexander

Poet and writer on the history of literature, b. at St. Gall, Switzerland, 27 June, 1841; d. at ...

Baumgartner, Gallus Jacob

A Swiss statesman, b. 18 October, 1797, at Altstätten, Switzerland ; d. 12 July, 1869, at ...

Baunard, Louis

Educator, b. at Bellgarde (Loiret), France, in 1828. He was one of the clergy of ...

Bauny, Etienne

Theologian, b. in 1564 at Mouzon, Ardennes, France ; d. 3 December, 1649, at Saint Pol de ...

Bausset, Louis-François de

A French cardinal, writers, and statesman, b. in 1748 at Pondichery, where his father held an ...

Bautain, Louis-Eugène-Marie

Philosopher and theologian, b. at Paris, 17 February, 1796; d. there, 15 October, 1867. After a ...

Bautista, Fray Juan

Born at Mexico, 1555; date of death unknown, but probably between 1606 and 1615. He joined the ...

Bavaria, The Kingdom of

I. POLITICAL CONSTITUTION, AREA, POPULATION The present Kingdom of Bavaria -- named after the ...

Bawden, William

(Or Baldwin). An English Jesuit, born at Cornwall, 1563; died at St.-Omer, 28 September, ...

Bayer, Adèle

( née Parmentier) Eldest daughter of Andrew Parmentier, b. in Belgium, 4 July, 1814, ...

Bayeu y Subias, Francisco

Born at Saragossa, 9 March, 1734; died Madrid, 4 August, 1795, a distinguished religious and ...

Bayeux

DIOCESE OF BAYEUX (B AJOCÆ ). Coextensive with the Department of Calvados; suffragan to ...

Bayley, James Roosevelt

First Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.; eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland ; b. ...

Baylon, Saint Pascal

Born at Torre-Hermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, 24 May, 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called ...

Bayma, Joseph

Jesuit mathematician and scientist, b. in Piedmont, Italy, 9 November, 1816; d. at Santa Clara, ...

Bayonne

(Lapurdum) The Diocese of Bayonne comprises the Department of Basses-Pyrenees. Reorganized in ...

Baysio, Guido de

(Baisio) An Italian canonist, b. about the middle of the thirteenth century of a noble ...

Bazin, John Stephen

Third Bishop of Vincennes (now the Diocese of Indianapolis ), b. at Duerne, near Lyons, ...

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Beads, Use of, at Prayers

Beads variously strung together, according to the kind, order, and number of prayers in certain ...

Beards

Among the Jews, as among most Oriental peoples, the beard was especially cherished as a symbol of ...

Beardsley, Aubrey

English artist, born at Brighton, 1872; died at Mentone, France, 16 March, 1898. It has been ...

Beatific Vision

The immediate knowledge of God which the angelic spirits and the souls of the just enjoy in ...

Beatification and Canonization

HISTORY According to some writers the origin of beatification and canonization in the Catholic ...

Beatitudes, Mount of

This name is given to the place where Our Saviour delivered the "Sermon on the Mount", beginning ...

Beatitudes, The Eight

The solemn blessings ( beatitudines, benedictiones ) which mark the opening of the Sermon on ...

Beaton, David

(Or Bethune) Cardinal, Archbishop of St. Andrews, b. 1494; d. 29 May, 1546. He was of an ...

Beaton, James

(Or Bethune) A Scottish Archbishop ; b. c. 1473; d. at St. Andrews, 1539, was the sixth and ...

Beaton, James

(Or Bethune) Archbishop of Glasgow, b. 1517; d. 24 April, 1603; the son of James Beaton of ...

Beatrix

(Or B EATRICE ). The name Beatrix has been borne by a certain number of holy persons, but no ...

Beaufort, Lady Margaret

Countess of Richmond and Derby, b. 1443; d. 1509, daughter and heiress of John Beaufort, first ...

Beaulieu Abbey

( Abbatia quae vocitatur Bellus Locus ) Beaulieu Abbey was a Cistercian house in ...

Beaune, Renaud de

A French Bishop, b. in 1527, at Tours ; d. 1606 in Paris. Before entering the ecclesiastical ...

Beauregard, Jean-Nicolas

Celebrated French pulpit orator, born at Metz in Lorraine, 4 December, 1733; died at the ...

Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant

Soldier, b. near New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. 28 May, 1818; d. there 20 February, 1893. He ...

Beauvais

(Bellovacum) A suffragan diocese of the archiepiscopal See of Reims. The Dioceses of ...

Beauvais, Gilles-François-de

Jesuit writer and preacher, born at Mans, France, 7 July, 1693; died probably at Paris about ...

Beauvais, Jean-Baptiste-Charles-Marie de

A French bishop, b. at Cherbourg, 17 October, 1731; d. at Paris, 4 April, 1790. The sermons he ...

Bec, Abbey of

The Benedictine Abbey of Bec, or Le Bec, in Normandy, was founded in the earlier part of the ...

Becan, Martin

(Verbreck, van der Breck). Controversialist, born at Hilvarenbeck, Brabant, Holland, 6 ...

Beccaria, Giovanni Battista

A physicist, born at Mondovì, 3 October, 1716; died at Turin, 27 May, 1781. At the age ...

Beccus, John

Patriarch of Constantinople in the second half of the thirteenth century, one of the few Greek ...

Beche, Blessed John

( Alias THOMAS MARSHALL). English Benedictine abbot and martyr ; date of birth unknown; ...

Beckedorff, George Philipp Ludolf von

Born at Hanover, 14 April, 1778; died at Grünhof, 27 February, 1858. He first studied ...

Becker, Thomas Andrew

Sixth Bishop of Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A. b. at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 20 December, 1832; ...

Becket, Saint Thomas

Martyr, Archbishop of Canterbury, born at London, 21 December, 1118 (?); died at Canterbury, 29 ...

Beckx, Pierre-Jean

Twenty-second General of the Society of Jesus , born at Sichem, Belgium, 8 February, 1795; died ...

Becquerel, Antoine-César

French physicist, b. at Chatillon-sur-Loing (Loiret), 7 March, 1788; d. at Paris, 18 January, ...

Bede

(Or B EAD , whence Bedehouse, Bedesman, Bederoll). The old English word bede (Anglo-Saxon ...

Bede, The Venerable

Historian and Doctor of the Church , born 672 or 673; died 735. In the last chapter of his great ...

Bedford, Gunning S.

Medical writer and teacher, b. at Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. of a distinguished family in ...

Bedford, Henry

Writer, educator, b. in London 1 October, 1816; d. in Dublin, Ireland, 21 May, 1903. With the ...

Bedingfeld, Frances

( alias Long) Superioress of the English Institute of Mary , b. 1616 of a gentle family ...

Bedingfeld, Henry, Sir

Knight; b. 1509; d. 1583. He was the grandson of Sir Edmund Bedingfeld who had served in the Wars ...

Bedini, Cajetan

Italian Cardinal and diplomat; born at Sinigaglia, Italy, 15 May, 1806; died at Viterbo, 6 ...

Bedlam

(An English abbreviation of BETHLEHEM). A London hospital originally intended for the poor ...

Beelen, Ian Theodor

Exegete and Orientalist, b. at Amsterdam, 12 January 1807; d. at Louvain, 31 March 1884. After a ...

Beelphegor

( Or BAALPEOR.) Beelphegor was the baal of Mt. Phogor, or Peor, a mountain of Moab. ...

Beelzebub

1. Old Testament Beelzebub, or Baalzebûb, the Philistine god of Accaron (Ekron), ...

Beesley, George, Venerable

(Also spelled Bisley). Martyr, born at The Hill in Goosnargh parish, Lancaster, England, of an ...

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Born at Bonn, probably on 16 December, 1770; died at Vienna, 26 March, 1827. The date of his ...

Begnudelli-Basso, Francesco Antonio

A canonist who lived at the end of the seventeenth century; died at Freising, 9 October, 1713. ...

Beguines & Beghards

The etymology of the names Beghard and Beguine can only be conjectured. Most likely they are ...

Behaim, Albert von

(Known also as Albertus Bohemus) Born c. 1180, probably at Boheiming, in the Diocese of Passau ...

Behaim, Martin

(Martinus de Bohemia ) A German cartographer and navigator, b. at Nuremberg in 1459; d. at ...

Beirut

In Phoenicia, a titular Latin see, and the residential see of several prelates of Oriental ...

Beja

Diocese in Portugal, suffragan of Evora. It was created 10 June, 1770, and numbers 175,000 ...

Belasyse, John

B ARON B ELASYSE Born about 1614; died 1689, a loyal Catholic English nobleman, second son ...

Belchiam, Venerable Thomas

A Franciscan martyr in the reign of Henry VIII, date of birth uncertain; d. 3 August 1537. He ...

Belem do Pará, Archdiocese of

In South America, formerly (after 4 March, 1719) a suffragan diocese of Bahia (San Salvador), ...

Belfry

The upper part of the tower or steeple of a church, for the reception of the bells ; or a ...

Belgium

I. THE NAPOLEONIC ERA The victory of Fleurus, gained by the French army over the Austrian forces, ...

Belgrade and Smederevo

Titular (united) sees of Servia. The history of these sees is as confused as their present plight ...

Belgrado, Giacopo

Italian Jesuit and natural philosopher, born at Udine, 16 November, 1704; died in the same ...

Belial

Found frequently as a personal name in the Vulgate and various English translations of the ...

Belief

( be and lyian , to hold dear). That state of the mind by which it assents to ...

Belin, Albert (Jean)

French prelate and writer, b. in Besançon early in the seventeenth century; d. 29 April, ...

Bell, Altar

A small bell placed on the credence or in some other convenient place on the epistle side ...

Bell, Angelus

The triple Hail Mary recited in the evening, which is the origin of our modern Angelus, was ...

Bell, Arthur, Venerable

( alias F RANCIS ) Friar Minor and English martyr, b. at Temple-Broughton near Worcester, 13 ...

Bell, James

Priest and martyr, b. at Warrington in Lancashire, England, probably about 1520; d. 20 April, ...

Bellamy, Jerome

Jerome Bellamy of Uxenden Hall, near London, England, d. 1586, a member of an old Catholic family ...

Bellarini, John

Barnabite theologian, b. at Castelnuovo, Italy, in 1552; d. at Milan, 27 August, 1630. He was ...

Bellarmine, St. Robert

(Also, "Bellarmino"). A distinguished Jesuit theologian, writer, and cardinal, born at ...

Bellasius, Edward

Serjeant-at-Law, b. 14 October, 1800; d. 24 January, 1873; was one of the most able and respected ...

Bellecius, Aloysius

Jesuit ascetic author, born at Freiburg im Breisgau, 15 February, 1704; died at Augsburg, 27 ...

Bellenden, John

(Ballenden, or Ballantyne) A Scotch poet, b. at Haddington or Berwick in the latter part of ...

Belleville

The Diocese of Belleville comprises that part of southern Illinois, U.S.A. which lies south of ...

Belley

Diocese of Belley (Bellicium) Coextensive with the civil department of Ain and a suffragan of ...

Bellings, Sir Richard

(Or Belling) Irish historian, b. near Dublin early in the seventeenth century; d. in 1677. He ...

Bellini

Giacomo (Jacopo) Bellini Father of Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, b. about 1400; d. 1471. ...

Belloy, Jean-Baptiste de

Cardinal - Archbishop of Paris, b. 9 October, 1709, at Morangles in the Diocese of Beauvais ; ...

Bells

The subject will be treated under the following heads: I. Origin; II. Benediction; III. Uses; IV. ...

Belluno-Feltre

(Diocese of Belluno-Feltre). Belluno, which was anciently called Bellunum, the metropolis of ...

Belmont, François Vachon de

Fifth superior of the Sulpicians at Montreal, b. at Grenoble, France, 1645; d. 1732. He went ...

Belshazzar

(Or, as found in the Septuagint Baltasár .) Baltasar is the Greek and Latin name for ...

Belson, Venerable Thomas

Martyr, b. at Brill in Oxfordshire, England, dated uncertain; d. 5 July 1589. He was at the ...

Belsunce de Castelmoron, Henri François Xavier de

Bishop of Marseilles, b. 1671 at the Château de la Force, in Périgord; d. 1755 at ...

Belzoni, Giambattista

An Egyptian explorer, b. at Padua, Italy, in 1778; d. Gato, Africa, 3 Dec., 1823. His father ...

Bembo, Pietro

A famous Italian scholar and Cardinal, b. of a noble family at Venice, 20 May, 1470; d. at ...

Benadir

Prefecture Apostolic in Africa ; lies between 8° and 12° N. lat., and between 42° ...

Benavides, Fray Alonzo

(Benavidez) Archbishop of Goa in the Portuguese Indies. Although a prelate of high rank, the ...

Bench, Communion

An adaptation of the sanctuary guard or altar-rail. Standing in front of this barrier, in a ...

Benda

A titular see of Albania. Its history is closely connected with that of the Sees of Narenta and ...

Benedict Biscop, Saint

An English monastic founder, born of a noble Anglo-Saxon family, c. 628; died 12 January 690. ...

Benedict I, Pope

Of the first Pontiff who bore the name of Benedict practically nothing is known. The date of his ...

Benedict II, Saint, Pope

Date of birth unknown; died 8 May, 685; was a Roman, and the son of John. Sent when young to the ...

Benedict III, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. 17 April, 858. The election of the learned and ascetic Roman, Benedict, ...

Benedict IV, Pope

Date of birth unknown; died in the summer of 903. The Popes Benedict from the fourth to the ...

Benedict IX, Pope

The nephew of his two immediate predecessors, Benedict IX was a man of very different character ...

Benedict Joseph Labre, Saint

Born 26 March, 1748 at Amettes in the Diocese of Boulogne, France ; died in Rome 16 April, 1783. ...

Benedict Levita

Benedict Levita (of Mainz ), or Benedict the Deacon, is the name given to himself by the author ...

Benedict of Aniane, Saint

Born about 745-750; died at Cornelimünster, 11 February, 821. Benedict, originally known as ...

Benedict of Nursia, Saint

Founder of western monasticism, born at Nursia, c. 480; died at Monte Cassino , 543. The only ...

Benedict of Peterborough

Abbot and writer, place and date of birth unknown; d. 1193. He was educated at Oxford, and was ...

Benedict of San Philadelphio, Saint

(Or B ENEDICT THE M OOR ) Born at San Philadelphio or San Fradello, a village of the ...

Benedict V, Pope

Date of birth unknown; died 4 July, 965. Benedict V was elected pope (May, 964) in very ...

Benedict VI, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. August, 974 (see Ricobaldi of Ferrara, Compil. Chron., in Rer. Ital. SS. ...

Benedict VII, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. c. October, 983. Acting under the influence of Sicco (see BENEDICT VI ...

Benedict VIII, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. 9 April, 1024. The first of the Tusculan popes, being the son of ...

Benedict X

The bearer of this name was an antipope in the days of Nicholas II, 1056-61.

Benedict XI, Pope

(Nicholas Boccasini) Born at Treviso, Italy, 1240; died at Perugia, 7 July, 1304. He entered ...

Benedict XII, Pope

(J ACQUES F OURNIER ) Third of the Avignon popes, b. at Saverdun in the province of ...

Benedict XIII, Pope

(PIETRO FRANCESCO ORSINI) Born 2 February, 1649; died 23 February, 1730. Being a son of ...

Benedict XIV, Pope

(P ROSPERO L ORENZO L AMBERTINI .) Son of Marcello Lambertini and Lucretia Bulgarini, b. ...

Benedict, Medal of

A medal, originally a cross, dedicated to the devotion in honour of St. Benedict. One ...

Benedict, Rule of Saint

This work holds the first place among monastic legislative codes, and was by far the most ...

Benedictbeurn, Abbey of

Situated in the Bavarian Alps, about thirty miles south of Munich. It was formerly in the ...

Benedicti, Jean

A Franciscan theologian of the sixteenth century belonging to the Observantine Province of ...

Benedictine Order

The Benedictine Order comprises monks living under the Rule of St. Benedict, and commonly known ...

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

One of the most generally popular of Catholic services is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, ...

Benedictional

( Benedictionale ). A book containing a collection of benedictions or blessings in use in ...

Benedictus Polonus

A medieval Friar Minor missionary and traveller (c. 1245) companion of Giovanni da Piancarpino, ...

Benedictus, The

The Benedictus, given in Luke 1:68-79, is one of the three great canticles in the opening ...

Benefice

( Latin Beneficium , a benefit) Popularly the term benefice is often understood to denote ...

Benefit of Clergy

The exemption from the jurisdiction of the secular courts, which in England, in the Middle ...

Benettis, Jeremiah

Friar Minor Capuchin and historical writer, d. in 1774. He belonged to the Province of Piedmont ...

Benevento, Archdiocese of

(BENEVENTANA). Benevento, the ancient Beneventum, the principal city of the province of the ...

Bengtsson, Jöns Oxenstjerna

(JOANNES BENEDICTI). Archbishop of Upsala, Sweden, b. 1417; d. in 1467. He was a member of ...

Bengy, Anatole de

A martyr of the French Commune, b. at Bourges, 19 September, 1824; d. in Paris, 26 May, 1871. ...

Benignus of Dijon, Saint

Martyr honoured as the patron saint and first herald of Christianity of Dijon (Divio) an old ...

Benignus, Saint

Date of birth unknown; d. 467, son of Sesenen, an Irish chieftain in that part of Ireland which ...

Benin

(Vicariate Apostolic of the Coast of Benin. Also called Oræ Benini). Includes an ...

Benjamin

( Hebrew binjamin , "son of the right hand"). (1) The youngest son of Jacob born of ...

Benkert, Franz Georg

German theologian and historical writer, b. 25 September, 1790, at Nordheim, near the mountain ...

Benno II

Bishop of Osnabrück, b. at Luningen in Swabia; d. 27 July, 1088, in the Benedictine ...

Benoît, Michel

Born at Autun (or Dijon ), France, 8 October, 1715; died at Peking, 23 October, 1774, a ...

Benthamism

Jeremy Bentham an English jurist and reformer, born at Houndsditch, London, 15 February, 1748; ...

Bentivoglio, Family of

Originally from the castle of that name in the neighbourhood of Bologna, Italy. They claimed ...

Bentley, John Francis

English architect, b. at Doncaster, Yorkshire, in 1839; d. in London, February, 1902. From early ...

Bentney, William

( Alias Bennet). An English Jesuit priest born in Cheshire, 1609; died 30 October, 1692. He ...

Benziger, Joseph Charles

Founder of the Catholic publishing house that bears his name, b. at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, ...

Benzoni, Girolamo

Born at Milan about 1519. He went to America in 1541 and successively visited the Antilles and ...

Berach, Saint

Of Termonbarry, d. 595; a disciple of St. Kevin and a celebrated Irish saint, whose memory is ...

Berard of Carbio, Saint

(Or BERALDUS). Friar Minor and martyr ; d. 16 January, 1220. Of the noble family of ...

Berardi, Carbo Sebastiano

Canonist, b. at Oneglia, Italy, 26 August, 1719; d. 1768. Having studied theology at Savona ...

Bercharius, Saint

(BERERUS). Abbot of Hautvillers in Champagne, b. 636; d. 28 March, 696. Descended from a ...

Bercheure, Pierre

(BERCHOIRE, BERSUIRE). A learned French Benedictine, b. 1290 at St. Pierre du Chemin ...

Berchmans, Saint John

Born at Diest in Brabant, 13 March, 1599; died at Rome, 13 August, 1621. His parents watched ...

Berchtold, Blessed

(BERTHOLD). Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery of Engelberg in Switzerland ; date of ...

Berdini of Sarteano, Blessed Albert

Franciscan Friar and missionary, born at Sarteano, in Tuscany, 1385; died at Milan, 15 August, ...

Berengarius of Tours

Born at Tours about 999; died on the island of St. Cosme, near that city, in 1088. Having ...

Berenice

A titular see of Egypt which was situated at the end of Major Syrtis where Bengazi stands ...

Bergamo

(Diocese of Bergamo). The city, called by the ancients Bergonum, is capital of the province of ...

Bergen, Ancient See of

(BERGA, BERGENSIS.) The diocese included the Provinces of Nordre and Sondre Bergenhus, and ...

Bergier, Nicolas-Sylvestre

French theologian, b. 31 December, 1715 at Darney in Lorraine ; d. at Versailles, 9 April, 1790. ...

Berin, Saint

Confessor, first Bishop of Dorchester (in what is now the County of Oxford, not Dorchester, ...

Berington, Charles

Titular Bishop of Hiero-Caesarea, b. at Stock, Essex, England, 1748; d. 8 June, 1798. His life ...

Berington, Joseph

One of the best known Catholic writers of his day, b. at Winsley, in Herefordshire, 16 January, ...

Berisford, Humphrey

Confessor (c. 1588) of whom the only extant account occurs in the manuscript marked "F", ...

Berissa

(Berisa or Verissa) A titular see of Pontus Polemoniacus, in Asia Minor which Kiepert and ...

Beristain y Martin de Souza, José Mariano

Mexican bibliographer, b. in Puebla, Mexico, 22 May, 1756; d. at Mexico, 23 March, 1817. He went ...

Berlage, Anton

Dogmatic theologian, b. 21 December, 1805, at Münster, Westphalia ; d. there, 6 December, ...

Berland, Pierre

Archbishop of Bordeaux, b. 1375 in Médoc; d. 1457 at Bordeaux. Being of humble ...

Berlanga, Fray Tomás de

Bishop of Panama, b. at Berlanga in Spain, date uncertain; d. there 8 August, 1551. He was ...

Berlin

Capital of the German Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia, and residence of the German ...

Berlioz, Hector

French composer, b. at La Côte Saint-André, near Grenoble, 11 December, 1803; d. at ...

Bernal, Agostino

Spanish theologian, born at Magallon in Aragon in 1587; died at Saragossa, 13 September, 1642. ...

Bernard Guidonis

Inquisitor of Toulouse against the Albigenses and Bishop of Lodève, b. at ...

Bernard of Besse

Friar Minor and chronicler, a native of Aquitaine, date of birth uncertain; he belonged to the ...

Bernard of Bologna

( Also Bernardine; Flovitano Toselli). Friar Minor Capuchin and Scotist theologian, born at ...

Bernard of Botone

Generally called Parmensis from his birthplace, Parma in Italy, a noted canonist of the ...

Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint

Born in 1090, at Fontaines, near Dijon, France ; died at Clairvaux, 21 August, 1153. His ...

Bernard of Cluny

Bernard of Cluny (or of Morlaix), a Benedictine monk of the first half of the twelfth century, ...

Bernard of Compostella

(1) Bernard of Compostella (Antiquus) A canonist of the early thirteenth century, a native of ...

Bernard of Luxemburg

Dominican theologian, controversialist, and Inquisitor of the Archdioceses of Cologne, Mainz, ...

Bernard of Menthon, Saint

Born in 923, probably in the castle Menthon near Annecy, in Savoy ; died at Novara, 1008. He ...

Bernard of Pavia

A noted canonist, provost of the cathedral chapter of Pavia, and, in 1190, promoted to the ...

Bernard Tolomeo, Saint

Founder of the congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto, born at Siena in Tuscany ...

Bernard, Alexis-Xyste

Bishop of St. Hyacinth, P.Q., Canada. b. at Beloeil, P.Q., 29 December, 1847. He made his ...

Bernard, Claude

A French ecclesiastic known as "the poor priest " ( le pauvre prêtre ), b. at Dijon 23 ...

Bernard, Claude

French physiologist, b. 12 July, 1813 at Saint Julien near Villefranche, France ; d. at Paris, ...

Bernard, Saint

(BARNARD.) Archbishop of Vienne, France. Born in 778; died at Vienne, 23 January, 842. His ...

Bernardine of Feltre, Blessed

Friar Minor and missionary, b. at Feltre, Italy, in 1439 and d. at Pavia, 28 September, 1494. He ...

Bernardine of Fossa, Blessed

Of the Order of Friars Minor, historian and ascetical writer, b. at Fossa, in the Diocese of ...

Bernardine of Siena, Saint

Friar Minor, missionary, and reformer, often called the "Apostle ofItaly ", b. of the noblefamily ...

Bernardines, The

Title of certain sisters of the order of Cîteaux who at the end of the sixteenth and in ...

Berne

The fourth city of Switzerland in population, capital of a canton of the same name which is the ...

Berni, Francesco

An Italian comic poet, b. at Lamporecchio (Florence) 1497 or 1498; d. at Florence, 26 May, ...

Bernier, Etienne-Alexandre

French Bishop, b. at Daon (Mayenne), 31 October, 1762; d. at Paris, 1 October, 1806. He was a ...

Bernini, Domenico

Son of the famous artist Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini , lived in the early part of the eighteenth ...

Bernini, Giovanni Lorenzo

One of the most vigorous and fertile of Italian architects and sculptors, b. at Naples in 1598; ...

Bernini, Giuseppe Maria

A Capuchin missionary and Orientalist, b. near Carignan in Piedmont ; d. in Hindustan in 1753. ...

Bernis, François-Joachim-Pierre de

A French cardinal and statesman, b. 1715 at Saint-Marcel-d'Ardèche; d. at Rome, 1794. ...

Berno

(Apostle of the Obotrites), in the latter half of the twelfth century. The Obotrites were one of ...

Berno (Abbot of Reichenau)

Famous as orator, poet, philosopher, and musician, born (date unknown) at Prüm near Trier ...

Bernold of Constance

Historian and theologian, b. in Swabia about 1054; d. at Schaffhausen, 16 September, 1100. He ...

Bernward, Saint

Thirteenth Bishop of Hildesheim, Germany, b. about the middle of the tenth century; d. 20 ...

Beroea

(Later, Berrhoea, Beroie, and Beroe ). A titular see of Macedonia, at the foot of Mount ...

Berosus

( Berosós or Berossós ) The name of a native historian of Babylonia and a ...

Beroth

(B EEROTH ) A city in Chanaan, one of the confederation of cities under the headship of ...

Berrettini, Pietro

(Called Pietro da Cortona) A distinguished Italian painter, architect, and writer, b. at ...

Berruguete, Alonso

For his mastery of the arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture, sometimes called the ...

Berruyer, Isaac-Joseph

Born at Roueb, 7 November, 1681; died at Paris, 18 February, 1758. He entered the Society of Jesus ...

Berryer, Pierre-Antoine

French advocate, orator, and statesman, son of Pierre-Nicolas Berryer, an advocate, b. at Paris, ...

Bersabee

( Bar sb‘ or Beersheba ) A town on the southern extremity of Palestine, one of the ...

Bertha

Of the various holy women bearing the name of Bertha, five are more particularly worthy of ...

Berthier, Guillaume-François

A Jesuit professor and writer, born at Issoudun, 1704; died at Bourges, 1782. He taught ...

Berthold

Bishop, Apostle of the Livonians, killed 24 July, 1198, in a crusade against the pagan ...

Berthold of Chiemsee

A German bishop and theological writer, b. 1465 at Salzburg, Austria ; d. 19 July, 1543, at ...

Berthold of Henneberg

Archbishop and Elector of Mainz, b. 1441; d. 21 December, 1504. Having completed his education ...

Berthold of Ratisbon

A Franciscan of the monastery of that city and the most powerful preacher of repentance in the ...

Berthold of Reichenau

A Benedictine monk and chronicler of the celebrated Abbey of Reichenau on the Lake of ...

Berti, Giovanni Lorenzo

An Italian theologian, b. 28 May, 1696, at Sarravezza, Tuscany ; d. 26 March, 1766, at Pisa. His ...

Bertin, Saint

Abbot of St. Omer, b. near Constance about 615; d. about 709. At an early age he entered the ...

Bertinoro

Bertinoro, anciently called Forum Truentinorum, and, at the time of the Gothic war, Petra ...

Bertonio, Ludovico

An Italian missionary, born 1552 at Rocca Contrada near Ancona ; died at Lima, Peru, 3 ...

Bertrand, Louis, Saint

Born at Valencia, Spain, 1 Jan., 1526; died 9 Oct., 1581. His patents were Juan Bertrand and ...

Bertrand, Pierre

(1) A French Cardinal, theologian, and canonist, b. 1280 at Annonay in Vivarais; d. 1348 or 1349 ...

Bertulf, Saint

Abbot of Bobbio, date of birth unknown; d. 639 or 640. He was the son of a pagan nobleman in ...

Bervanger, Martin de

A French priest, founder of charitable institutions ; b. at Sarrelouis, 15 May, 1795; d. at ...

Besançon

Archdiocese coextensive with the departments of Doubs, Haute-Saône, and the district of ...

Besange, Jerome Lamy, O.S.B

Born at Linz, 1726; died 1781. For twenty-four years he taught Scripture at Salzburg. He ...

Beschefer, Theodore

Jesuit missionary in Canada, born at Châlons-sur-marne, 25 May, 1630; died at Reims, 4 ...

Beschi, Costanzo Giuseppe

Born at Castiglione in the Venetian Republic, 1680; died at Manapar c. 1746. He entered the ...

Beseleel

(Beçál'el, in the shadow of God). I. The son of Uri and grandson of Hur of the ...

Besoigne, Jérôme

A Jansenist writer, b. at Paris, 1686; d. 1763. Ordained in 1715, he received the doctorate of ...

Besoldus, Christopher

A German jurist and publicist, b. of Protestant parents in 1577 at Tübingen, ...

Bessarion, Johannes

(Or B ASILIUS ). Cardinal ; b. at Trebizond, 1389, or according to others, 1395, but most ...

Bessel, Johann Franz

(In religion Gottfried ) Benedictine, abbot, and historian, b. 5 September, 1672, at ...

Beste, Henry Digby

Miscellaneous author, b. at Lincoln, England, 21 October, 1768; d. at Brighton, 28 May, 1836. He ...

Bestiaries

Medieval books on animals, in which the real or fabulous characteristics of actually existent or ...

Betanzos, Fray Domingo

A Dominican missionary, d. at Valladolid, Sept., 1549. One of the most illustrious Dominicans ...

Betanzos, Fray Pedro de

A Franciscan missionary, b. at Betanzos in Galicia; d. at Chomez, Nicaragua, 1570. He was one ...

Betanzos, Juan de

Unfortunately very little is known as yet of this official, who has left such valuable works on ...

Bethany

( Bethania ). A village of Palestine, fifteen furlongs, or one mile and three-quarters, east ...

Bethany Beyond the Jordan

( Bethania peran tou Iordanou ). In the text of St. John's Gospel, i, 28, the author locates ...

Betharan

A city of the Amorrhites in the valley-plain east of the Jordan, about twelve miles from ...

Bethdagon

Name of two cities in Palestine. (1) A city ( Joshua 15:41 ) of the tribe of Juda "in the plains", ...

Bethel

( Hebrew word meaning "house of God "). An ancient Cansanitish town, twelve miles north of ...

Bethlehem

A titular see of Palestine. The early name of the city was Ephrata; afterwards Bethlehem, "House ...

Bethlehem

The old Hebrew name bêth lehem , meaning "house of bread", has survived till the present ...

Bethlehem

An architectural term used in the Ethiopic Church for the oven or bakehouse for baking the ...

Bethlehemites

MILITARY ORDERS There were two military orders dedicated to Our Lady of Bethlehem and known ...

Bethsaida

Bethsaida is: a city, or perhaps two cities, on the shore of the Lake of Genesareth, the ...

Bethsan

( Hebrew Beth Shean , or Beth Shan , "place of rest"). A city within Issachar, but assigned to ...

Bethulia

(Greek Betuloua ). The city whose deliverance by Judith, when besieged by Holofernes, forms ...

Betrothal

( Latin sponsalia ). The giving of one's troth — that is, one's true faith or promise. ...

Bettiah

Prefecture Apostolic in northern India, includes as part of its jurisdiction the entire native ...

Betting

A bet may be defined as the backing of an affirmation or forecast by offering to forfeit, in ...

Beugnot, Auguste-Arthur, Count

French historian and statesman, b. at Bar-sur-Aube, 25 March, 1797; d. at Paris, 15 March, 1865. ...

Beuno, Saint

Abbot of Clynnog, d. 660(?), was, according to the "Bucced Beuno", born in Powis-land and, after ...

Beverley Minster

A collegiate church at Beverley, capital of the East Riding of Yorkshire, served by a chapter ...

Beyerlinck, Lawrence

Belgian theologian and ecclesiastical writer, b. at Antwerp, April, 1578; d. at the same place, ...

Bezae, Codex

(CODEX CANTABRIGIENSIS), one of the five most important Greek New Testament manuscripts, and the ...

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Bianchi, Giovanni Antonio

Friar Minor andtheologian, b. at Lucca, 2 October, 1686; d. at Rome, 18 January, 1768. At the age ...

Bianchini, Francesco

A student of the natural sciences, and an historian, b. at Verona, Northern Italy, 13 December, ...

Bianchini, Giuseppe

(Giuseppe Blanchini). Italian Oratorian, Biblical, historical, and liturgical scholar, b. ...

Bianconi, Charles

Merchant and philanthropist, b. 26 September, 1785, in the duchy of Milan ; d. near Clonmel, ...

Biard, Pierre

Jesuit missionary, born at Grenoble, France, 1576; died at Avignon, 17 November, 1622. In 1608 ...

Bibbiena

(Bernardo Dovizi) An Italian Cardinal and comedy-writer, known best by the name of the town ...

Bibiana, Saint

The earliest mention in an authentic historical authority of St. Bibiana (Vibiana), a Roman ...

Bible Societies

Protestant Bible Societies, established for the purpose of publishing and propagating the Bible ...

Bible, Authenticity of the

The authenticity or authority of Holy Writ is twofold on account of its twofold authorship. ...

Bible, Coptic Versions of the

DIALECTS The Coptic language is now recognized in four principal dialects, Bohairic (formerly ...

Bible, Editions of the

In the present article we understand by editions of the Bible the printed reproductions of its ...

Bible, Inspiration of the

The subject will be treated in this article under the four heads: I. Belief in Inspired books; ...

Bible, Manuscripts of the

Manuscripts are written, as opposed to printed, copies of the original text or of a version ...

Bible, The

A collection of writings which the Church of God has solemnly recognized as inspired. The ...

Bible, Versions of the

Synopsis GREEK : Septuagint; Aquila; Theodotion; Symmachus; other versions. VERSIONS FROM THE ...

Bibles, Picture

In the Middle Ages the Church made use of pictures as a means of instruction, to supplement ...

Bibles, Rhymed

The rhymed versions of the Bible are almost entirely collections of the psalms. The oldest ...

Biblia Pauperum

(BIBLE OF THE POOR). A collection of pictures representing scenes from Our Lord's life with ...

Biblical Accommodation

We shall consider (1) what is meant by biblical accommodation; (2) its use in Sacred Scripture; ...

Biblical Antiquities

This department of archæology has been variously defined and classified. Some scholars have ...

Biblical Commission, The

A committee of cardinals at Rome who, with the assistance of consultors, have to secure the ...

Biblical Introduction

A technical name which is usually applied to two distinct, but intimately connected, things. ...

Bickell, Gustav

Orientalist, b. at Cassel, 7 July, 1838; d. at Vienna, 15 Jan., 1906. His father, Johann Wilhelm ...

Bickerdike, Robert, Venerable

Martyr, a Yorkshire layman, b. at Low Hall, near Knaresborough (date unknown), but residing at ...

Bicknor, Alexander

Archbishop of Dublin, date of birth unknown; d. 1349. As his surname suggests he came from a ...

Bidermann, James

A poet and theologian of great learning and sanctity, b. at Ebingen, Germany, in 1578; d. at ...

Biel, Gabriel

Called "the last of the Scholastics ", b. at Speyer, Germany, c. 1425; d. at Tübingen, ...

Biella

The city of Biella, the see of the diocese of that name, is an important industrial centre ...

Bielski, Marcin

(Or Wolski) A Polish chronicler, b. of noble parentage on the patrimonial estate of Biala ...

Bienville, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de

French Governor of Louisiana and founder of New Orleans, b. in Montreal, Canada, 24 February, ...

Bigamy (in Canon Law)

According to the strict meaning, the word should signify the marrying of a second after the death ...

Bigamy (in Civil Law)

( French bigamie , from Latin bis , twice, and Greek gamos , marriage) Bigamy, in civil ...

Bigne, Marguerin de la

(Binius, Bignaeus) French theologian and patrologist, b. about 1546 at ...

Billart, Saint Julie

( Also Julia). Foundress, and first superior-general of the Congregation of the Sisters of ...

Billick, Eberhard

( Also Steinberger, Latin Latomus, Lapicida ). German theologian, opponent of the ...

Billy, Jacques de

(Billi) A French patristic scholar, theologian, jurist, linguist, and a Benedictine abbot, ...

Bilocation

(Latin bis , twice, and locatio , place.) I. The question whether the same finite being ...

Bination

The offering up of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass twice on the same day by the same celebrant. ...

Biner, Joseph

Canonist, historian, and theologian, b. at Gluringen, Switzerland, 1697; d. at Torrenburg, ...

Binet, Etienne

Jesuit author, born at Dijon, France, 1569; died at Paris, 1639. He entered the Society of ...

Binet, Jacques-Philippe-Marie

French mathematician and astronomer, b. at Rennes, in Brittany, 2 February, 1786; d. in Paris, ...

Binius, Severin

Historian and critic, b. in 1573 in the village of Randerath, Western Germany ; d. 14 February, ...

Binterim, Anton Joseph

Born at Düsseldorf, 19 September, 1779; died at Bilk, 17 May, 1855, a theologian of repute ...

Biogenesis and Abiogenesis

According to their Greek derivation these two terms refer to the origin of life. Biogenesis is ...

Biology

(From bios , life and logos , reason, account, reasoning) Biology may be defined as the ...

Biondo, Flavio

A distinguished Italian arch æologist and historian, b. at Forli in 1388; d. at Rome in ...

Biot, Jean-Baptiste

A physicist and mathematician, born at Paris, France, 21 April, 1774; died. there, 3 ...

Birds (in Symbolism)

Many kinds of birds are used in Christian symbolism. The first to be so employed was the Dove ...

Biretta

A square cap with three ridges or peaks on its upper surface, worn by clerics of all grades from ...

Birinus, Saint

Confessor, first Bishop of Dorchester (in what is now the County of Oxford, not Dorchester, ...

Birkowski, Fabian

Polish preacher, b. at Lemberg, 1566; d. at Cracow, 1636. He completed his studies at the ...

Birmingham

(BIRMINGHAMIA, BIRMINGHAMIENSIS) One of the thirteen dioceses erected by the Apostolic ...

Birnbaum, Heinrich

(Also known as DE PIRO, the latinized form of this German name) A pious and learned ...

Birth, The Defect of

(ILLEGITIMACY) A canonical impediment to ordination. When used in this connection, the word ...

Birtha

A titular see of Osrhaene, probably identical with Birejik (Zegma) on the left bank of the ...

Bisarchio, Diocese of

Situated in Sardinia, in the province of Sassari, district of Nuoro, and suffragan to the ...

Biscop, Saint Benedict

An English monastic founder, born of a noble Anglo-Saxon family, c. 628; died 12 January 690. ...

Bishop

(Anglo-Saxon Biscop, Busceop , German Bischof ; from the Greek episkopos , an overseer, ...

Bishop's Crook

(Or PASTORAL STAFF). The crosier is an ecclesiastical ornament which is conferred on bishops ...

Bishop, Auxiliary

A bishop deputed to a diocesan who, capable of governing and administering his diocese, is ...

Bishop, William

The first superior in England in episcopal orders since the old hierarchy died out in the ...

Bismarck, Diocese of

(BISMARCKIENSIS). In North Dakota, this diocese was erected on 31 December, 1909, and is ...

Bisomus

A tomb large enough to contain two bodies. The ordinary tombs ( loci ) in the galleries of ...

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Black Fast, The

This form of fasting, the most rigorous in the history of church legislation, was marked by ...

Blackburne, Robert

An English Catholic who suffered imprisonment in the closing years of the seventeenth, and ...

Blackfoot Indians

An important tribe of the Northern Plains, constituting the westernmost extension of the great ...

Blackwood, Adam

Author, b. at Dunfermline, Scotland, 1539; d. 1613. He was a great-nephew of Robert Reid, Bishop ...

Blaise, Saint

Bishop and martyr. The ninth-century martyrologies of Europe in their lists, which are ...

Blanc, Anthony

Fifth Bishop, and first Archbishop, of New Orleans, La., U.S.A. b. at Sury, near Lyons, ...

Blanchard, Jean-Baptiste

(Duchesne). A French Jesuit and educator, born 12 October, 1731, at Tourteron in the ...

Blanchet, Augustin Magloire

Brother of François Norbert Blanchet , first Bishop of Walla Walla-Nesqually, State of ...

Blanchet, Franç Norbert

Missionary and first Archbishop of Oregon City, U.S.A. son of Pierre Blanchet, a Canadian ...

Blandina, Saint

Virgin and martyr. She belongs to the band of martyrs of Lyons who, after some of their ...

Blane, Saint

( Or BLAAN). Bishop and Confessor in Scotland, b. on the island of Bute, date unknown; d. ...

Blasphemy

Blasphemy (Greek blaptein , "to injure", and pheme , "reputation") signifies etymologically ...

Blastares, Matthew

A monk of the Order of St. Basil, living in the fourteenth century, who applied himself to the ...

Blathmac, Saint

A distinguished Irish monk, b. in Ireland about 750. He suffered martyrdom in Iona, about ...

Blemmida, Nicephorus

(B LEMMYDES ) A learned monk and writer of the Green Church, b. about 1198, at ...

Blenkinsop

Peter Blenkinsop Catholic publisher, b. in Ireland ; married a sister of Archbishop Oliver Kelly ...

Blessed Sacrament, Congregation of the

An enclosed congregation and a reform of the Dominican Order devoted to the perpetual adoration ...

Blessed Sacrament, Exposition of the

Exposition is a manner of honouring the Holy Eucharist, by exposing It, with proper solemnity, to ...

Blessed Sacrament, Reservation of the

The practice of preserving after the celebration of the Liturgy a portion of the consecrated ...

Blessed Sacrament, Sisters of the

One of the most recent congregations of religious women in the Catholic Church and one of ...

Blessed Sacrament, The

Since Christ is present under the appearances of bread and wine in a sacramental way, the ...

Blessed Sacrament, Visits to the

By this devotional practice, which is of comparatively modern development, the presence of ...

Blessed Virgin Mary, The

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. In general, the ...

Blessed, The

There are at present two ways in which the Church allows public worship to be paid those who ...

Blessing

In its widest acceptation this word has a variety of meanings in the sacred writings: It has ...

Blessing, Apostolic

The solemn blessing ( urbi et orbi ) which, before 1870, the Holy Father himself gave from the ...

Blind, Education of the

Although the education of the blind as a class dates back no further than the year 1784, ...

Blois

DIOCESE OF BLOIS (BLESENSIS). Coextensive with the civil department of Loir-et-Cher and a ...

Blomevenna, Peter

(PETER A LEYDIS) Carthusian, b. at Leyden, in Holland in 1466; d. 30 September, 1536. Owing to ...

Blood Indians

A group of North American aborigines forming part of the Blackfeet Tribe, which, with the ...

Blosius, François-Louis

(Also called de Blois ). A Benedictine abbot and spiritual writer, born at Donstienne, ...

Bluetooth, Harold

(B LAATAND ) Born 911; died 1 November, 985 or 986. He was the son of King Gorm the Old of ...

Blyssen, Heinrich

Born at Cologne or Bonn, Germany in 1526; died at Graz, 24 April, 1586. He entered the Society ...

Blyth, Francis

English Carmelite, reviser of the Douay Bible, born c. 1705; d. in London, 11 December 1772. ...

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Bobadilla, Nicolaus

Born at Valencia, Spain, 1511; died at Loretto, Italy, 23 September, 1590. After having taught ...

Bobbio, Abbey and Diocese of

The diocese ( Ebovium , or Bobium ; Dioecesis Eboviensis , or Bobiensis ), which is ...

Bobola, Saint Andrew

Martyr, born of an old and illustrious Polish family, in the Palatinate of Sandomir, 1590; ...

Boccaccino

Boccaccio Boccaccino An eminent Italian painter, b. at Cremona, 1460, and d. probably in 1525 ...

Boccaccio, Giovanni

Italian novelist, b. in Paris, 1313; d. in Certaldo, 21 December, 1375. His father, a merchant ...

Bocking, Edward

(or B OKKYNG ). English Benedictine, b. of East Anglian parentage, end of fifteenth century; ...

Bodey, Ven. John

Martyr, b. at Wells, Somerset: 1549; d. at Andover, Wilts., 2 November, 1583. He studied at ...

Bodin, Jean

Born at Angers, 1520, probably of Jewish origin: died at Laon, 1596. He studied and taught ...

Bodone

A titular see of Albania. The name is a dialectic form of Dodone, in Epirus, near Janina at the ...

Boece, Hector

(Also BOYCE and BOETHIUS) Chronicler and one of the founders of the University of Aberdeen, b. ...

Boeri, Petrus

(BOHIER) A french benedictine canonist and bishop, b. during the first quarter of the ...

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus

Roman statesman and philosopher, often styled "the last of the Romans", regarded by tradition as ...

Bogotá

ARCHDIOCESE OF SANTA FÉ DE BOGOTÁ (BOGOTENSIS) The city of Bogotá, capital ...

Bohemia

(Germ. Böhmen , or formerly Böheim ; Latin Bohemia or Bojohemum ), a cisleithan ...

Bohemian Brethren

(MORAVIAN BRETHREN, or UNITAS FRATRUM). DEFINITION AND DOCTRINAL POSITION "Bohemian Brethren" ...

Bohemians of the United States

A traveler who has seen the natural beauties of Bohemia, its vast resources, and the thrift of ...

Boiano

Diocese in the province of Benevento, Italy, suffragan to the Archbishopric of Benevento. The ...

Boiardo, Matteo Maria

An Italian poet, b. about 1434, at, or near, Scandiano (Reggio-Emilia); d. at Reggio, 20 ...

Boileau-Despréaux, Nicholas

French poet, b. at Paris, 1 November, 1636; d. there, 13 March, 1711. He was educated at the ...

Bois-le-Duc

The Diocese of Bois-le-Duc ( Buscoducensis ) lies within the Dutch province of Brabant, and ...

Boise

Diocese of Boise ( Xylopolitana ) Created by Leo XIII, 25 August, 1893, embraces the ...

Boisgelin, Jean de Dieu-Raymond de Cucé de

French prelate and cardinal, b. of an ancient family at Rennes in Brittany, 27 February, ...

Boisil, Saint

Superior of Melrose Abbey , d. 664. Almost all that is known of St. Boisil is learnt from Bede ...

Bokenham, Osbern

(Bokenam) English Augustinian friar and poet, b. 1393 (the year in which the most famous of ...

Bolanden, Conrad von

(Joseph Bischoff) A German novelist, son of a rich merchant, b. 9 August, 1828, at ...

Bolgeni, Giovanni Vincenzo

Theologian and controversialist, b. at Bergamo, Italy, 22 January, 1733; d. at Rome, 3 May, ...

Bolivia

A South American republic which lies between longitudes west of Greenwich 57 deg. 30' and 74 deg., ...

Bollandists, The

An association of ecclesiastical scholars engaged in editing the Acta Sanctorum. This work is a ...

Bollig, Johann

Distinguished Orientalist, born near Düren in Rhenish Prussia 23 August, 1821; died at ...

Bologna

ARCHDIOCESE OF BOLOGNA HISTORY Bologna is the principal city in the province of the same name, ...

Bologna, Giovanni da

Flemish Renaissance sculptor, b. at Douai, in Flanders, about 1524; d. at Florence in 1608. ...

Bologna, University of

A tradition of the thirteenth century attributed the foundation of this university to Theodosius ...

Bolsec, Jérôme-Hermès

A theologian and physician, b. probably at Paris, date unknown; d. at Lyons c. 1584. He ...

Bolton, Edmund

Historian, antiquary, and poet, born c. 1575; died c. 1633. The genuine loyalty in the Catholic ...

Bolzano, Bernhard

Austrian mathematician and philosopher, b. at Prague, 5 October, 1781; d. 18 December, 1848. As ...

Bombay

(BOMBAYENSIS) The Archdiocese of Bombay comprises the Island of Bombay with several outlying ...

Bommel, Cornelius Richard Anton van

Bishop of Liège, born at Leyden, in Holland on 5 April, 1790; died 7 April 1852. He was ...

Bon Secours, Institutes of

I. INSTITUTE OF BON SECOURS (DE PARIS) The first of the congregations of nursing sisters, gardes ...

Bona Mors Confraternity, The

(Bona Mors = "Happy Death"). The Bona Mors Confraternity was founded 2 October, 1648, in the ...

Bona, Giovanni

A distinguished cardinal and author, b. of an old French family at Mondovì, in ...

Bonagratia of Bergamo

(Or PERGAMO) Friar Minor , theologian, and canonist, date of birth unknown; d. at Munich, ...

Bonal, François de

Bishop of Clermont, b. 1734 at the castle of Bonal, near Agen ; d. at Munich, 1800. He had ...

Bonal, Raymond

French theologian and founder of the Congregation of the Priests of St. Mary (Bonalists), b. ...

Bonald, Louis-Gabriel-Ambroise, Vicompte de

French statesman, writer, and philosopher, b. at Monna, near Millau, in Rouergue (Aveyron) 2 ...

Bonald, Louis-Jacques-Maurice de

Cardinal, b. at Millau, in Rouergue (now Aveyron), 30 October, 1787, d. at Lyons, 25 Feb., 1870. ...

Bonaparte, Charles-Lucien-Jules-Laurent

Prince of Canino and Musignano, ornithologist, b. in Paris, 24 May, 1803; d. in the same city 29 ...

Bonaventure, College of Saint

At Quaracchi, near Florence, Italy, famous as the centre of literary activity in the Order of ...

Bonaventure, Saint

Doctor of the Church, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano, Minister General of the Friars Minor, born at ...

Boncompagni, Balthasar

Italian mathematician, b. at Rome, 10 May, 1821; d. 13 April, 1894. He was a member of the ...

Bonet, Juan Pablo

A Spanish priest and one of the first to give attention to the education of the deaf and dumb ...

Bonet, Nicholas

Friar Minor, theologian, and missionary,date of birth uncertain; d. 1360. Probably a Frenchman by ...

Bonfrère, Jacques

Biblical scholar, born at Dinant, Belgium, 12 April, 1573; died at Tournai, 9 May, 1642. He ...

Boni Homines

(Or BONSHOMMES). This name was popularly given to at least three religious orders in the ...

Boniface Association

(B ONIFATIUSVEREIN ). The Boniface Association, one of the most successful Catholic ...

Boniface I, Pope Saint

Elected 28 December, 418; d. at Rome, 4 September, 422. Little is known of his life antecedent to ...

Boniface II, Pope

Elected 17 September, 530; died October, 532. In calling him the son of Sigisbald, the "Liber ...

Boniface III, Pope

Pope Boniface III, of Roman extraction and the son of John Cataadioce, was elected to succeed ...

Boniface IV, Pope Saint

Son of John, a physician, a Marsian from the province and town of Valeria; he succeeded Boniface ...

Boniface IX, Pope

Elected at Rome, 2 November, 1389, as successor of the Roman Pope, Urban VI ; d. there, 1 ...

Boniface of Savoy

Forty-sixth Archbishop of Canterbury and son of Thomas, Count of Savoy, date of birth ...

Boniface V, Pope

A Neapolitan who succeeded Deusdedit after a vacancy of more than a year; consecrated 23 ...

Boniface VI, Pope

A Roman, elected in 896 by the Roman faction in a popular tumult, to succeed Formosus. He ...

Boniface VII, Antipope

(Previously B ONIFACE F RANCO ) A Roman and son of Ferrucius; was intruded into the ...

Boniface VIII, Pope

(B ENEDETTO G AETANO ) Born at Anagni about 1235; died at Rome, 11 October, 1303. He ...

Boniface, Saint

(WINFRID, WYNFRITH). Apostle of Germany, date of birth unknown; martyred 5 June, 755 (754); ...

Bonizo of Sutri

(Or BONITHO). Bishop of Sutri in Central Italy, in the eleventh century, an adherent of ...

Bonn, University of

(RHEINSCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITÄT). An academy was founded at Bonn in 1777 by Max ...

Bonnard, Ven. Jean Louis

A French missionary and martyr, b. 1 March, 1824 at Saint-Christôt-en-Jarret ( Diocese of ...

Bonne-Espérance, The Abbey of

Situated near Binche, province of Hainault, Diocese of Tournai, Belgium. It owes its foundation ...

Bonnechose, Henri-Marie-Gaston Boisnormand de

Cardinal and senator, b. at Paris, 1800; d. 1883. Entering the magistracy, he became ...

Bonner, Edmund

Bishop of London, b. about 1500; d. 1569. He was the son of Edmund Bonner, a sawyer of Potter's ...

Bonnetty, Augustin

A French writer, b. at Entrevaux (dept. of Basses-Alpes) 9 May, 1798, d. at Paris, 26 March, ...

Bonosus

Bishop of Sardica, a heretic in the latter part of the fourth century. Against the common ...

Bonvicino, Alessandro

(Called Il Moretto, or Moretto da Brescia). One of the finest North Italian painters of the ...

Book of Common Prayer

I. HISTORY On 21 January, 1549, the first Act of Uniformity was passed imposing upon the whole ...

Book of Kells

An Irish manuscript containing the Four Gospels, a fragment of Hebrew names, and the Eusebian ...

Book of Martyrs, Foxe's

John Foxe was born at Boston in Lincolnshire, England, in 1516, and was educated at Magdalen ...

Books, Index of Prohibited

The Index of Prohibited Books, or simply "Index", is used in a restricted sense to signify the ...

Boré, Eugène

Orientalist, b. at Angers, 15 Aug., 1809; d. at Paris, 3 May, 1878. From the college of Angers ...

Bordeaux

(BURDIGALA). Archdiocese ; comprises the entire department of the Gironde and was established ...

Bordeaux, University of

The University of Bordeaux was founded during the English domination, under King Henry VI , in ...

Bordone, Cavaliere Paris

An eminent painter of the Venetian school, b. at Treviso, 1500 d. at Venice, 1570. A member of ...

Borgess, Caspar Henry

Third Bishop of Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. b. at Kloppenburg, Hanover, Germany, 1 August, ...

Borgia, Stefano

Cardinal, born at Velletri, 3 December, 1731; died at Lyons, 1804; Italian theologian, ...

Borgo San-Donnino

Diocese in the province of Parma, Italy. The city takes its name from St. Domninus, who fled to ...

Borgo San-Sepolcro

Diocese situated in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. The city is believed by some to ...

Borgognone, Ambrogio

(Real name AMBROGIO STEFANI DA FOSSANO). A distinguished Italian painter and architect, b. ...

Borie, Pierre-Rose-Ursule-Dumoulin

Bishop-elect of Acanthus, Vicar Apostolic of Western Tongking and Martyr ; b. 20 February, ...

Borneo

I. DUTCH BORNEO The former Vicariate of Bavaria was composed of Sumatra, Java, and the other ...

Borras, Francisco Nicolás

A distinguished Spanish painter, born at Cocentaina, 1530; died at Gandia, 1610. Going to ...

Borromeo, Andrea

An Italian missionary, born on the first half of the seventeenth century, at or near Milan ; ...

Borromeo, Federico

Cardinal and Archbishop of Milan, cousin and successor of St. Charles Borromeo, born at Milan ...

Borromeo, Saint Charles

St. Charles Borromeo -- Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal-Priest of the Title of St. Prassede, ...

Borromeo, Society of Saint Charles

(Borro-Mäusverein). A German Catholic association for the encouragement and diffusion ...

Borromini, Francesco

Architect and sculptor ; born 25 September, 1599, at Bissone; died ( by his own hand ) 1 ...

Borrus, Christopher

(Borri, Burrus) Missionary, mathematician, and astronomer, born at Milan in 1583; died at ...

Bosa, Diocese of

In the province of Cagliari, The city numbers about 35,000 inhabitants. St. Gregory the Great, ...

Bosch, Peter van der

Bollandist, born at Brussels, 19 October, 1686; died 14 November, 1736. After studying the ...

Bosco, Saint Giovanni (John)

( Or St. John Bosco; Don Bosco.) Founder of the Salesian Society. Born of poor parents in ...

Boscovich, Ruggiero Giuseppe

A Dalmatian Jesuit and well-known mathematician, astronomer, and natural philosopher, b. at ...

Bosio, Antonio

Known as "The Columbus of the Catacombs ", b. in the island of Malta about the year 1576; d. ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina form the north-western corner of the Balkan Peninsula. Taking the two ...

Boso

First Bishop of Merseburg, in the present Prussian Province of Saxony, and Apostle of the ...

Boso (Breakspear)

Third English Cardinal, date of birth uncertain, d. at Rome, about 1181. He was a Benedictine ...

Bossu, Jacques le

French theologian and Doctor of the Sorbonne, born at Paris 1546; died at Rome 1626. He ...

Bossuet, Jacques-Bénigne

A celebrated French bishop and pulpit orator, born at Dijon, 27 September, 1627, died at ...

Boste, Saint John

(Or JOHN BOAST.) Priest and martyr, b. of good Catholic family at Dufton, in Westmoreland, ...

Boston

Archdiocese ; comprises Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties in the State ...

Bostra

Titular see of Syria. Bostra, "The fortress", is neither Bosor of Reuben and Moab ( ...

Bothrys

A titular see situated in Phoenicia. Bothrys is the Greek name of a city founded by Ithobaal, ...

Botticelli, Sandro

A famous Florentine painter. Born at Florence about 1447; died in the same city, 1510. ...

Botulph, Saint

(Or BOTOLPH.) Abbot, date of birth unknown; died c. 680. St. Botulph, the saint whose name ...

Boturini Benaducci, Lorenzo

A native of Milan in Lombardy who went to Mexico in 1736 by permission of the Spanish ...

Boucher, Pierre

Born at Lagny, a village near Mortagne in the Perche, France, 1622, died at Boucherville, 1717. ...

Bougaud, Louis-Victor-Emile

Bishop of Laval in France, b. at Dijon, 28 February 1823, d. at Laval 7 November, 1888. He ...

Bougeant, Guillaume-Hyacinthe

Born at Quimper in Brittany, in 1690; died at Paris, 1743. He entered the Society of Jesus ...

Bouhours, Dominique

French Jesuit author, born at Paris, 15 May, 1632; died 27 May, 1702. Entering the Society of ...

Bouillart, Jacques

A Benedictine monk of the Congregation of St.-Maur, b. in the Diocese of Chartres, 1669; ...

Bouillon, Cardinal de

(Emmanuel Thédore de la Tour d'Auvergne) French prelate and diplomat, b. 24 August, 1643, ...

Bouix, Marie Dominique

One of the best known and most distinguished of modern French canonists, b. 15 May, 1808, at ...

Boulainvilliers, Henri, Count of

Born at Saint-Saire (Seine-Inférieure) France, 11 October, 1658; died at Paris, 23 ...

Boulanger, André de

(PETIT-PÈRE ANDRÉ). A French monk and preacher, b. at Paris in 1578; d. 27 ...

Boulay, César-Egasse du

(BULÆUS). A French historian, b. in the beginning of the seventeenth century at ...

Boulogne, Etienne-Antoine

French bishop, b. at Avignon, 26 December 1747; d. at Troyes, 13 March, 1825. He was the son of ...

Bouquet, Martin

A learned Benedictine of the Congregation of St.-Maur, b. at Amiens, France, 6 August, 1685; ...

Bouquillon, Thomas

Born at Warneton, Belgium, 16 May, 1840; died at Brussels, 5 November, 1902; a Belgian ...

Bourassé, Jean-Jacques

Archæologist and historian, b. at Ste.-Maure (Indre-et-Loire), France, 22 December, 1813; ...

Bourchier, Thomas

Born 1406; died 1486, Cardinal, was the third son of William Bourchier, Earl of Eu, and of Lady ...

Bourdaloue, Louis

Born at Bourges, 20 August, 1632; died at Paris, 13 May, 1704. He is often described as the ...

Bourdeilles, Hélie de

Archbishop of Tours and Cardinal, b., probably, towards 1423, at the castle of Bourdeilles ...

Bourdon, Jean

Born at Rouen, France, 1612; died at Quebec, 1668. In 1634 he went to Canada and became the ...

Bourgade, François

A French missionary and philosopher, b. 7 July, 1806, at Gaujan, department of Gers; d. 21 May, ...

Bourges

ARCHDIOCESE OF BOURGES (BITURICÆ). Coextensive with the departments of Cher and Indre. ...

Bourget, Ignace

First Bishop of Montreal, P.Q., Canada, and titular Archbishop of Martianopolis, b. at Point ...

Bourgoing, François

Third Superior general of the Congregation of the Oratory in France and one of the early ...

Bourke, Ulick Joseph

Irish scholar and writer, b. 29 Dec., 1829, at Castlebar, Co. Mayo ; d. there, 22 Nov., 1887; ...

Bourne, Gilbert

Last Catholic Bishop of Bath and Wells , England, son of Philip Bourne of Worcestershire, ...

Bouvens, Charles de

French pulpit orator, b. at Bourg in 1750; d. in 1830. At an early age he embraced the ...

Bouvet, Joachim

Jesuit missionary, born at Le Mans, France (date unknown), died at Peking, China, 28 June, 1732. ...

Bouvier, Jean-Baptiste

Bishop of Le Mans, theologian, b. At St. Charles-la-Forêt, Mayenne, 16 January, 1783; d. ...

Bouvier, Jeanne-Marie, de La Motte-Guyon

A celebrated French mystic of the seventeenth century; born at Montargis, in the Orléanais, ...

Bova

DIOCESE OF BOVA. Situated in the civil province of Reggio, in Calabria, Italy, suffragan to ...

Bovino

Diocese in the province of Foggia, Italy, suffragan to the Archdiocese of Benevento. The city, ...

Bowyer, Sir George

Baronet, an eminent English writer on jurisprudence, as well as a prominent defender of the Holy ...

Boy-Bishop

The custom of electing a boy-bishop on the feast of St. Nicholas dates from very early ...

Boyce, John

Novelist, lecturer, and priest, well known under the assumed name of "Paul Peppergrass", born in ...

Boycotting

The name of boycotting was first aplied to a practice which had its origin in Ireland during the ...

Boyle Abbey

A celebrated Cistercian house situated on the River Boyle, nine miles northwest of Elphin, in ...

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Brébeuf, Jean de

Jesuit missionary, born at Condé-sur-Vire in Normandy, 25 March, 1593; died in Canada, ...

Bréhal, Jean

A French Dominican theologian of the convent of Evreux ; died c. 1479. He was made Doctor of ...

Brück, Heinrich

Ecclesiastical historian and bishop, born at Bingen, 25 October, 1831; died 4 November, 1903. He ...

Brünn

Suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Olmutz, embracing the south-western part of Moravia, an ...

Bracken, Thomas

Poet, journalist, politician, b. in Ireland 21 December, 1843; d. at Dunedin, New Zealand , 16 ...

Bracton, Henry de

Also called HENRY OF BRACTON. A famous English juridical writer, the Blackstone of the ...

Bradley, Denis Mary

First Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire , U.S.A. b. 25 February, 1846, at Castle-island, ...

Bradshaigh, Edward

An English Carmelite friar known in religion as Elias à Jesu; b. in Lancashire, ...

Bradshaw, Henry

English Benedictine and poet, b. in the City of Chester, England, date unknown; d. 1513. From ...

Brady, William Maziere

Ecclesiastical writer, b. in Dublin, 8 January, 1825; d. in Rome, 19 March, 1894. He was nephew ...

Braga, Archdiocese of

(Bracara Augusta, Civitas Bracarensis). Braga is situated in a flat fertile tract of land ...

Braga, Councils of

Many councils were held in Braga, some of them important. The authenticity of the so-called ...

Bragança-Miranda, Diocese of

(Brigantiensis.) This diocese is situated in the northeastern part of the Kingdom of ...

Brahminism

By Brahminism is meant the complex religion and social system which grew out of the ...

Braille, Louis

French educator and inventor, born 4 January 1809, at Coupvray, Seine-et-Marne, France ; died 6 ...

Bralion, Nicolas de

French Oratorian and ecclesiastical writer, born at Chars-en-Vexin, France, c. 1600; died at ...

Bramante, Donato

(Also called D 'A GNOLO after his father Angelo) Italian architect and painter, b. about ...

Brancaccio

An ancient and illustrious Neapolitan family, from which the "Brancas" of France were descended. ...

Brancati di Lauria, Francesco Lorenzo

Cardinal, Minor conventual, and theologian, b. at Lauria in the then Kingdom of Naples, 10 ...

Brancati, Francesco

Born in Sicily in 1607; he entered the Society of Jesus in 1624 and went to the Chinese ...

Branch Sunday

One of the medieval English names for Palm Sunday. The difficulty of procuring palms for that ...

Brandenburg

Formerly an electoral principality (the Mark of Brandenburg), and a diocese in the heart of the ...

Branly, Edouard

French physicist and inventor of the coherer employed in wireless telegraphy, born at Amiens, 23 ...

Brantôme, Seigneur de Bourdeille, Pierre de

One of the most famous of French writers of memoirs, b. in 1539, or a little later; d. 15 July, ...

Brant, Sebastian

A German humanist and poet, born at Stasburg in 1457 or 1458; died at the same place, 1521. He ...

Brasses, Memorial

Just when memorial brasses first came into use is not known; the earliest existing dated ...

Brasseur de Bourbourg, Charles Etienne, Abbé

Born at Bourbourg (Département du Nord), France, 1814; died at Nice in January, 1874. He ...

Brassicanus, Johann Alexander

A German humanist, born probably at Cannstatt, 1500; died at Vienna, 25 November, 1539. He was ...

Brassicanus, Johann Ludwig

Younger brother of Johann Alexander (b. at Tübingen, 1509; d. at Vienna, 3 June, 1549) went ...

Braulio, Saint

Bishop of Saragossa, date of birth unknown, d. at Saragossa c. 651. In 631 he succeeded his ...

Braun, Placidus

A Bavarian historian, b. at Peiting near Schongau in Upper Bavaria, 11 February, 1756; d. at ...

Braunschweig

A duchy situated in the mountainous central part of Northern Germany, comprising the region of the ...

Bravo, Francisco

As far as known, author of the first book on medicine printed in America. His "Opera Medicinalia ...

Brazil

(T HE U NITED S TATES OF B RAZIL ) A vast republic of central South America covering an ...

Bread, Liturgical Use of

In the Christian liturgy bread is used principally as one of the elements of the Eucharistic ...

Breadboxes, Altar

These are made of wood, tin, britannia, silver, or other metal. In order that the breads may not ...

Breads, Altar

Bread is one of the two elements absolutely necessary for the sacrifice of the Eucharist. It ...

Breast, Striking of the

Striking of the breast as a liturgical act is prescribed in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ...

Breda

(BREDANA) Diocese situated in the Dutch province of Brabant and suffragan of Utrecht. The ...

Brehon Laws, The

Brehon law is the usual term for Irish native law, as administered in Ireland down to almost ...

Bremen

Formerly the seat of an archdiocese situated in the north-western part of the present German ...

Brenach, Saint

An Irish missionary in Wales, a contemporary of St. Patrick, and among the earliest of the ...

Brenan, Michael John

An ecclesiastical historian, born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1780; died at Dublin, February, ...

Brendan, Saint

St. Brendan of Ardfert and Clonfert, known also as Brendan the Voyager, was born in Ciarraighe ...

Brentano, Klemens Maria

A German poet, one of the most prominent members of the Romantic School. He was born at ...

Brescia

The Diocese of Brescia takes its name from the principal city in the province of the same name in ...

Breslau

Prince-Bishopric seated at Breslau, on the River Oder in the Prussian Province of Silesia. ...

Bressani, Francesco Giuseppe

An Indian missionary, born in Rome, 6 May, 1612; died at Florence, 9 September, 1672. He entered ...

Brest, Union of

Brest -- in Russian, Brest-Litovski; in Polish, Brzesc; in the old chronicles, called Brestii, or ...

Brethren of the Lord, The

A group of persons closely connected with the Saviour appears repeatedly in the New ...

Breton, Raymond

A noted French missionary among the Caribbean Indians, b. at Baune, 3 September, 1609; d. at Caen, ...

Bretton, Venerable John

(Or Bretton). A layman and martyr, of all ancient family of Bretton near Barnsley in ...

Breviary

This subject may be divided, for convenience of treatment, as follows: I. DEFINITION; II. ...

Breviary, Aberdeen

This breviary may be described as the Sarum Office in a Scottish form. The use of the ancient ...

Breviary, Reform of the Roman

By the Apostolic Constitution "Divino Afflatu" of Pius X (1 November, 1911), a change was made ...

Brewer, Heinrich

A German historian, born at Puffendorf in Germany, 6 September, 1640; died at the same place ...

Briçonnet

(1) Guillaume Briçonnet A French cardinal, b. at Tours, date of birth unknown; d. at ...

Briand, Joseph Olivier

Seventh Bishop of Quebec, b. in 1715 at Plérin, Brittany; d. 25 June, 1794. He studied ...

Briant, Saint Alexander

English Jesuit and martyr, born in Somersetshire of a yeoman family about 1556; executed at ...

Bribery

The payment or the promise of money or other lucrative consideration to induce another, while ...

Bridaine, Jacques

Preacher, b. at Chusclan, France, 21 March, 1701; d. at Roquemaure, 22 December, 1767. Having ...

Bridge-Building Brotherhood, The

During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, we hear of the existence of various religious ...

Bridget of Sweden, Saint

(Also Birgitta). The most celebrated saint of the Northern kingdoms, born about 1303; died 23 ...

Bridgett, Thomas Edward

Priest and author, b. at Derby, England, 20 January, 1829, of Protestant parents ; d. at St. ...

Bridgewater Treatises

These publications derive their origin and their title from the Rev. Francis Henry Egerton, eighth ...

Bridgewater, John

Known also as AQUAPONTANUS, historian of the Catholic Confessors under Queen Elizabeth, b. in ...

Briefs and Bulls

A bulla was originally a circular plate or boss of metal, so called from its resemblance in ...

Brieuc, Saint

(Briocus, Brioc, or Bru). A Celtic saint of Brittany who received his education in Ireland ...

Brigid of Ireland, Saint

(Incorrectly known as BRIDGET). Born in 451 or 452 of princely ancestors at Faughart, near ...

Brigidines, Institute of the

(SISTERS OF ST. BRIGID.) The Institute of the Brigidines was established by Most Rev. Dr. ...

Brigittines

The Brigittine Order (also, ORDER OF ST. SAVIOUR) was founded in 1346 by St. Brigit, or Bridget, ...

Brignon, John

Born at St. Malo in 1629; died at Paris, 12 June, 1712. He was a member of the Society of Jesus ...

Bril, Paulus

A brilliant Flemish painter and engraver, born at Antwerp, 1556; died in Rome, 7 October, 1626. ...

Brillmacher, Peter Michael

Born at Cologne in 1542, died at Mainz, 25 August, 1595. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1558, ...

Brindholm, Ven. Edmund

(Or B RYNDEHOLME .) Martyr and parish priest of Our Lady's Church at Calais, accused of ...

Brindisi

Brindisi—called by the Romans Brundusium or Brundisium , by the Greeks Brentesion ...

Brinkley, Stephen

Confessor of the Faith, imprisoned and tortured as manager of a secret press for the ...

Brisacier, Jacques-Charles de

Orator and ecclesiastical writer, b. at Bourges in 1641, d. at Paris, 23 March, 1736. At the ...

Brisacier, Jean de

Controversialist, b. at Blois, France, 9 June, 1592; entered the Society of Jesus in 1619, d. at ...

Brisbane

Comprises that part of the State of Queensland, Australia, which lies south of the 24th parallel ...

Brischar, Johann Nepomucene

Church historian, born at Horb in Würtemberg in 1819, studied theology at the University ...

Bristol, Ancient Diocese of

(BRISTOLIA, BRISTOLIENSIS). This English diocese, which takes its very origin from measures ...

Bristow, Richard

Born at Worcester, 1538, died at Harrow-on-the-Hill, 1581. He went to the University of Oxford ...

British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province of the Dominion of Canada. Territorially, it is also ...

Britius, Francis

An orientalist, and a monk of Rennes in Brittany; date of birth and death unknown. He entered ...

Brittain, Thomas Lewis

Born near Chester, England, 1744; died at Hartpury Court, 1827. His parents were Protestants, ...

Britto, Blessed John de

Martyr ; born in Lisbon, 1 March, 1647, and was brought up in court; martyred in India 11 ...

Britton, Venerable John

(Or Bretton). A layman and martyr, of all ancient family of Bretton near Barnsley in ...

Brixen

A Prince-Bishopric of Austria, suffragan of Salzburg, embracing the greater part of Northern ...

Brogan, Saint

Flourished in the sixth or seventh century. Several persons in repute for holiness seem to have ...

Broglie, Auguste-Théodore-Paul de

Abbé, professor of apologetics at the Institut Catholique at Paris, and writer on ...

Broglie, Jacques-Victor-Albert, Duc de

French statesman and historian, b. at Paris, 13 June, 1821; d. there 19 January, 1901. After a ...

Broglie, Maurice-Jean de

Born in Paris, 5 September, 1766; d. there, 20 June, 1821. He was the son of the Field-Marshal, ...

Brogny, Jean-Allarmet de

(Or JEAN-ALOUZIER). A French Cardinal, b. in 1342 at Brogny, in Savoy ; d. at Rome, 1426. ...

Bromyard, John

Theologian, d. about 1390. He takes his name from his birthplace in Herefordshire, England. He ...

Brondel, John Baptist

First Bishop of Helena, Montana, U.S.A. b. at Bruges, Belgium, 23 February, 1842; d. at ...

Brookby, Anthony

( Or Brorbey). Friar Minor and English martyr, died 19 July 1537. Brookby was lecturer in ...

Brookes, James

Last Catholic Bishop of Gloucester, England, b. May, 1512, in Hampshire, d. 1560. Proceeding to ...

Brooklyn

Comprises the counties of Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk, or all of Long Island, in the State ...

Brosse, Jean-Baptiste de la

A Jesuit missionary, born 1724 at Magnac, Angoumois, France ; died 1782. He studied classics ...

Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God

St. John of God, the founder of this religious institution, was born 8 March, 1495, at Montemor ...

Broughton, Richard

( alias Rouse) Born about 1558 at Great Stukeley, Huntingdonshire; died according to ...

Brouwer, Christoph

(Browerius). Historian, born 12 March, 1559, at Arnheim, Holland ; died in 1617, at Trier, ...

Brown, William

A naval officer of the Republic of Argentina, b. 1777, in the County Mayo, Ireland ; d. 3 May, ...

Browne, Charles Farrar

(ARTEMUS WARD). Humorist, b. at Waterford, Oxford County, Maine, U.S.A. 26 April, 1834; d. ...

Brownson, Orestes Augustus

Philosopher, essayist, reviewer, b. at Stockbridge, Vermont, U.S.A., 16 September, 1803; d. at ...

Brownson, Sarah

Daughter of Orestes A. Brownson, b. at Chelsea, Massachusetts, 7 June, 1839; married William ...

Brownsville

Vicariate Apostolic, erected 1874. Previous to this date the entire State of Texas was under ...

Bru, Saint

(Briocus, Brioc, or Bru). A Celtic saint of Brittany who received his education in Ireland ...

Bruel, Joachim

(Brulius). A theologian and historian, born early in the seventeenth century at Vorst, a ...

Brueys, David-Augustin de

A French theologian and dramatic author, born at Aix in 1640; died 25 November, 1723, at ...

Brugère, Louis-Frédéric

Professor of apologetics and church history, born at Orléans, 8 October 1823; died at ...

Bruges

The chief town of the Province of West Flanders in the Kingdom of Belgium. Pope Nicholas I in ...

Brugière, Pierre

A French priest, Jansenist, and Juror, born at Thiers, 3 October, 1730; died at Paris, 7 ...

Brugman, John

A renowned Franciscan preacher of the fifteenth century, b. at Kempen in the Diocese of Cologne, ...

Brumidi, Constantino

An Italian-American historical painter, celebrated for his fresco work in the Capitol at ...

Brumoy, Pierre

Born at Rouen in Normandy, 1688; entered the Society of Jesus in 1704; died in Paris, 1742. ...

Brunellesco, Filippo

(Or Brunelleschi) An architect and sculptor, born at Florence, 1377; died there 16 April, ...

Brunetière, Ferdinand

A French critic and professor, born at Toulon, 19 July, 1849; died at Paris, 9 December, 1906. ...

Brunforte, Ugolino

Friar Minor and chronicler, born c. 1262; died c. 1348. His father Rinaldo, Lord of Sarnano in the ...

Bruni, Leonardo

An eminent Italian humanist, b. of poor and humble parents at Arezzo, the birthplace of ...

Brunner, Francis de Sales

The founder of the Swiss-American congregation of the Benedictines, b. 10 January, 1795, at ...

Brunner, Sebastian

A versatile and voluminous writer, b. in Vienna, 10 December, 1814; d. there, 27 November, 1893. ...

Bruno of Querfurt, Saint

(Also called BRUN and BONIFACE). Second Apostle of the Prussians and martyr, born about ...

Bruno the Saxon

(SAXONICUS.) A German chronicler of the eleventh Century and author of the "Historia de Bello ...

Bruno, Giordano

Italian philosopher, b. at Nola in Campania, in the Kingdom of Naples, in 1548; d. at Rome, ...

Bruno, Saint

Bishop of Segni, in Italy, born at Solero, Piedmont, about 1048; died 1123. He received his ...

Bruno, Saint

Confessor, ecclesiastical writer, and founder of the Carthusian Order. He was born at Cologne ...

Brunswick

A duchy situated in the mountainous central part of Northern Germany, comprising the region of the ...

Brus, Anton

Archbishop of Prague, b. at. Muglitz in Moravia, 13 February, 1518; d. 28 August, 1580. After ...

Brusa

A titular see of Bithynia in Asia Minor. According to Strabo, XII, iv, the city was founded by ...

Brussels

(From Bruk Sel , marsh-castle; Flemish Brussel , German Brussel , French Bruxelles ). ...

Bruté de Rémur, Simon William Gabriel

First Bishop of Vincennes, Indiana, U.S.A. (now Indianapolis ), b. at Rennes, France, 20 March ...

Bruyas, Jacques

Born at Lyons, France, 13 July, 1635; died at Sault St. Louis, Canada, 15 June 1712. He ...

Bryant, John Delavau

Physician, poet, author, and editor, b. in Philadelphia, U.S.A. 1811; d. 1877. He was the son of ...

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Bubastis

A titular see of Lower Egypt, on the right bank of the Pelusiac branch of the Nile, near the ...

Bucelin, Gabriel

(Buzlin). A Benedictine historical writer, born at Diessenhofen in Thurgau, 29 December, ...

Bucer, Martin

(Also called BUTZER.) One of the leaders in the South German Reformation movement, b. 11 ...

Bucharest

(B UCHAREST ; B UCARESTIENSIS ; Rumanian, B UCHARESCI "City of enjoyment") Comprises the ...

Buck, Victor De

Bollandist, born at Oudenarde, Flanders, 21 April, 1817; died 28 June, 1876. His family was one ...

Buckfast Abbey

The date of the foundation of the monastery of Our Lady of Buckfast, two miles from ...

Buckley, Sir Patrick Alphonsus

A soldier, lawyer, stateman, judge, born near Castletownsend, County Cork, Ireland, in 1841; died ...

Buckley, Venerable John

( Alias John Jones; alias John Griffith; in religion, Godfrey Maurice). Priest and martyr, ...

Budé, Guillaume

(Budaeus). A French Hellenist, born at Paris, 1467; died there 22 August, 1540. He studied at ...

Buddhism

The religious, monastic system, founded c. 500 B.C. on the basis of pantheistic Brahminism. The ...

Budweis

(Czech, BUDEJOVICE; Latin BUDOVICIUM; BOHEMO-BUDVICENSIS). A diocese situated in Southern ...

Buenos Aires

The federal capital of the Argentine Republic , and the second city of the Latin races in the ...

Buffalo

Diocese established 23 April, 1847, now comprises the counties of Erie, Niagara, Genesee, ...

Buffier, Claude

A philosopher, and author, born in Poland, of French parents, 25 May, 1661; died in Paris, 17 ...

Buglio, Louis

A celebrated missionary in China, mathematician, and theologian, born at Mineo, Sicily, 26 ...

Buil, Bernardo

(Also Boil or Boyal.) A Friar Minor. The fact that there were two religious of the name of ...

Buildings, Ecclesiastical

This term comprehends all constructions erected for the celebration of liturgical acts, whatever ...

Bukarest

(B UCHAREST ; B UCARESTIENSIS ; Rumanian, B UCHARESCI "City of enjoyment") Comprises the ...

Bulgaria

A European kingdom in the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, bounded by the Black Sea, ...

Bull-Fight, The Spanish

Overview Neither the English term nor the German ( Stiergefecht ) used to designate this ...

Bulla Aurea

(Golden Bull ). A fundamental law of the Holy Roman Empire; probably the best known of all ...

Bullaker, Ven. Thomas

( Also John Baptist). A Friar Minor and English martyr, born at Chichester about the ...

Bullarium

Bullarium is a term commonly applied to a collection of bulls and other analogous papal ...

Bullion, Angélique

Born in Paris, at commencement of the seventeenth century, her parents being Guichard Favre and ...

Bulls and Briefs

A bulla was originally a circular plate or boss of metal, so called from its resemblance in ...

Bulstrode, Sir Richard

A soldier, diplomatist, and author, born 1610; died 1711, was the second son of Edward Bulstrode ...

Bunderius, Joannes

(VAN DEN BUNDERE). A Flemish theologian and controversialist, born of distinguished parents ...

Buonarroti, Michelangelo

Italian sculptor, painter, and architect, b. at Caprese in the valley of the upper Arno, 6 March, ...

Burchard of Basle

(Also of HASENBURG or ASUEL, from his ancestral castle in Western Berne, Switzerland ). ...

Burchard of Würzurg, Saint

First bishop of Würzurg, b. in England of Anglo-Saxon parents, date unknown; d. in ...

Burchard of Worms

Bishop of that see, b. of noble parents in Hesse, Germany, after the middle of the tenth ...

Burckmair, Hans

(Or Burgkmair). A painter of the Swabian school, b. at Augsburg in 1473; d. in 1531. He was ...

Burgis, Edward Ambrose

A Dominican historian and theologian, b. in England c. 1673; d. in Brussels, 27 April, 1747. ...

Burgoa, Francisco

Born at Oaxaca about 1600; d. at Teopozotlan in 1681. He entered the Dominican Order 2 August, ...

Burgos

(B URGENSIS ) The Archdiocese of Burgos (from burgi, burgorum , signifying a ...

Burgundy

(Latin Burgundia , German Burgund , French Bourgogne ). In medieval times ...

Burial, Christian

The interment of a deceased person with ecclesiastical rites in consecrated ground. The Jews ...

Buridan, Jean

French scholastic philosopher of the fourteenth century, b. at Béthune, in the district of ...

Burigny, Jean Lévesque de

Historian, b. at Reims, 1692; d. at Paris, 1785. In 1713, with his brothers, Champeaux and ...

Burkard, Franz

The name of two celebrated German jurists. One died suddenly at Rain, 9 December 1539. He began to ...

Burke, Edmund

First Vicar Apostolic of Nova Scotia, b. in the parish of Maryborough, County Kildare, Ireland, ...

Burke, Thomas

(THOMAS DE BURGO) Bishop of Ossory, b. at Dublin, Ireland, about 1709; d. at Kilkenny, 25 ...

Burke, Thomas Nicholas

A celebrated Dominican orator, b. 8 September, 1830, in Galway ; d. 2 July, 1882, at ...

Burleigh, Walter

(Also: Walter Burley; Burlæus). Friar Minor and medieval philosopher, b. in 1275 and d. in ...

Burlington

(Burlingtonensis). Diocese established 14 July, 1853; comprises the whole State of Vermont , ...

Burma

Before its annexation by the British Burma consisted of the kingdoms of Ava and Pegu. In 1548 St. ...

Burnett, Peter Hardeman

First American Governor of California, U.S.A. b. in Nashville, Tennessee, 15 Nov., 1807, of ...

Burns, James

Publisher and author, b. near Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland, 1808; d. in London, 11 April, ...

Burse

( Bursa , "hide", "skin"; whence "bag" or "purse"). A receptacle in which, for reasons of ...

Bursfeld, The Abbey of

In the Middle Ages on of the most celebrated Benedictine monasteries in Germany was the ...

Bury St. Edmund's, The Abbey of

The first religious foundation there was established by Sigebert, King of the East Angles, who ...

Busée, Pierre

(Busæus or Buys). A Jesuit theologian, born at Nimwegen in 1540; died at Vienna in ...

Bus, Venerable César de

A priest and founder of two religious congregations, b. 3 February, 1544, at Cavaillon, Comtat ...

Busembaum, Hermann

Moral theologian, born at Notteln, Westphalia, 1600; died at Münster, 31 January, 1668. He ...

Busiris

A titular see taking its title from one of the many Egyptian cities of the same name. This ...

Buskins

(Caligæ). Ceremonial stockings of silk, sometimes interwoven with gold threads, and even ...

Buss, Franz Joseph, Ritter von

Jurist, b. 23 March, 1803 at Zell in Baden ; d. 31 January, 1878, at Freiburg im Breisgau. He ...

Bustamante, Carlos María

Mexican statesman and historian, b. at Oaxaca, Mexico, 4 November, 1774; d. in Mexico, 29 ...

Buston, Thomas Stephen

(or Busten) A Jesuit missionary and author, born 1549, in the Diocese of Salisbury , ...

Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, Third Marquess of

Born at Mountstuart, Bute, 12 September, 1847; d. at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, 9 October, 1900, ...

Buteux, Jacques

French missionary in Canada. Born at Abbeville, in Picardy, 11 April, 1600; slain by the ...

Butler, Alban

Historian, b. 10 October, 1710, at Appletree, Northamptonshire, England ; d. at St-Omer, ...

Butler, Charles

One of the most prominent figures among the English Catholics of his day, b. in London, 1750, d. ...

Butler, Mary Joseph

First Irish Abbess of the Irish Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of Grace, at Ypres, Flanders, ...

Butler, Sir William Francis

Born at Suirville, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, 31 October, 1838; died 7 June, 1910, was the son of ...

Buttress

A pilaster, pier, or body of masonry projecting beyond the main face of the wall and intended to ...

Buxton, Ven. Chrisopher

Priest and martyr, b. in Derbyshire; d. at Canterbury, 1 October, 1588. He was a scholar of ...

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Byblos

A titular see of Phoenicia. Byblos is the Greek name of Gebal "The Mountain", one of the oldest ...

Bye-Altar

An altar that is subordinate to the central or high altar. The term is generally applied to ...

Byllis

A titular see of Epirus Nova (Albania), whose title is often added to that of Apollonia among ...

Byrd, William

English composer, born in London in 1542 or 1543; died 4 July, 1623. He was the son of a ...

Byrne, Andrew

Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A. b. at Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland, 5 December, 1802; ...

Byrne, Richard

Brevet brigadier general, United States Army, b. in Co. Cavan, Ireland, 1832; d. at Washington, ...

Byrne, William

Missionary and educator, born in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1780; died at Bardstown, Kentucky, ...

Byzantine Architecture

A mixed style, i.e. a style composed of Graeco-Roman and Oriental elements which, in earlier ...

Byzantine Art

The art of the Eastern Roman Empire and of its capital Byzantium, or Constantinople. The term ...

Byzantine Empire, The

The ancient Roman Empire having been divided into two parts, an Eastern and a Western, the Eastern ...

Byzantine Literature

To grasp correctly the essential characteristics of Byzantine literature, it is necessary first ...

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