Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

P. S. Allen (ed.), Opus Epistolarum Des. Erasmi Roterodami, Vol. 3: 1517–1519

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Editor’s Notepg 197760. To Antony, son of John of Bergen.

Deventer MS. 91, f. 87 vo.

LB. App. 303.

  • ⟨Louvain.⟩
  • ⟨c. 13 January 1518.⟩

[The date is given quite precisely by Ep. 761.

Antony of Bergen (†June fin. 1541: Brewer xvi. 962) was the youngest son of John, Lord of Bergen (p. 166) and a nephew of the Abbot of St. Bertin's. Since Nov. 1517 (Ep. 717) he had been studying at Louvain, where in 1518 Vives dedicated to him a Fabula de homine and a Praeledio on the Georgics (Opuscula varia, Louvain, Th. Martens, s.a., fo. z vo). Inspired perhaps by Erasmus (cf. Ep. 969) his father procured him a place in Henry viii's court (Brewer iii. 12); and in Nov. 1519 Antony went to England, equipped with introductions from Margaret of Austria (ibid. 496; cf. 517) and from Erasmus (Lond. xiii. 12, 11, 14, 24, 15, 10; LB. 467–9, 471–2, 475). He was appointed one of Henry's cupbearers (Brewer iii, p. 1540), but returned at the end of the year (ibid. 590–1, 598) to marry a sister of William of Croy (p. 68); an engagement which had been in contemplation for one of his brothers since 1515 (Brewer ii. 160, etc.), but was still not completed in Sept. 1520 (id. iii. 992). He had probably returned to England in the interval, since he received from Henry two half-year's wages (ibid. pp. 1540, 2). By the death of the last of his brothers in July 1525, he became heir to the title (id. iv. 1488), and was advanced to something of his father's position and influence, being created Kt. of the Golden Fleece in Dec. 1531, and, after his father's death, Marquis of Bergen in May 1533. In 1532 Hubert Barland dedicated to him a medical Velitatio, Antwerp, H. Petri. See Goethals ii, s. Glymes, and de Reiffenberg.]

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Critical Apparatus1Lautam ferinam eleganti epistolio commendans munus muneri 2cumulasti; neque enim illa palato suauior quam hoc animo. Nimi-Editor’s Note3rum hoc est quod docuit Esiodus, αὐτῷ τῷ μέτρῳ καὶ λώιον. Age, mi Critical Apparatus4Antoni, perge in huiusmodi venari saltibus; perge veterem illam et Critical Apparatus5iam pridem obsoletam principum gloriam reuocare, gentisque Ber-6ganae per se clarissimas imagines accessione litterarum reddere 7clariores, fortuneque decus ingenii tui decore conduplicare. Felices 8litterae si summatibus viris placere coeperint; sed feliciores ipsi, si 9veris ac propriis ornamentis sese reddiderint suspiciendos. Ex Critical Apparatus10Caesare germanam illam Romani sermonis puritatem disces; sed 11caue ne ex eodem ambitiosam bellandi discas insaniam. Aduersus Editor’s Note12hoc antidoti vice te premuniet noster De Principe Christiano libellus; 13et historiam magis percipies, si cosmographiam praegustaris.

Editor’s Note14Bene vale, et Aelium te discipulo felicissimum reddito feliciorem: 15erit enim hoc felicior quo tu doctior ac melior euaseris. De me nihil 16aliud polliceor quam quod tuus ex animo et sum et futurus sum.

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Editor’s Note
P. 197, Ep. 760. Dr. Sterck's volume of the Opus Epistolarum, 1529 (H), which contains Ep. 1252, has a copy of Ep. 760, written at the end of the book by the same xvic hand. It confirms the corrections of LB. in ll. 1, 4, 5, and has also the following readings:
tit. clariss. advlescenti d. antonio a bergis.
  • 1. S. d. Lautam.
  • munere.
  • 3. Hesiodus.
  • μέτρῳ λώιον.
  • 4. istiusmodi.
  • 12. haec.
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1. LB: eliganti MS.
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3. Esiodus] Op. 350.
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4. LB: Antonij MS. Cf. Ep. 762. 50.
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5. LB: absoletam MS.
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10. sesare Caesare MS., priore tamen deleto. Cf. Ep. 673. 6 n.
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12. De Principe] See Ep. 393.
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14. Aelium] Adrian Aelius Barland (†c. Sept. 1535), who was now teaching Antony of Bergen; cf. Ep. 969. In 1519 he accompanied his pupil to England (Lond. xiii. 14, LB. 469); and at some time he was rewarded for his services by a canonry at Bergen. See Bibl. Belgica, 2nd series, in the lives of his cousin, Hubert Barland, and of the more famous Adrian Barland (Ep. 492 introd.), with whom he is not to be confused.
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