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Bonifacius Amerbach

(1495—1562)


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(Eng., Boniface; 1495–1562), Swiss jurist and humanist. The third son of Johannes Amerbach, Bonifacius obtained his master of arts degree at the University of Basel in 1513. He studied law in Freiburg under Ulrich Zasius and in Avignon under Andrea Alciato. Appointed to a professorship of civil law at Basel in 1524, he returned to Avignon to receive a doctorate in that field in 1525. In 1527 he married Martha Fuchs; the couple had five children. In 1535 he became a syndic of Basel's council. Amerbach became an heir and executor of Desiderius Erasmus's estates upon the latter's death in 1536. He served as rector of the University of Basel five times.

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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