February 2 Writer Birthdays

2309 – Conrad of Megenberg (also known in Latin, as Conradus Megenbergensis), German writer, meteorologist, entomologist, and Catholic scholar. 1536 – Scévole de Sainte-Marthe, French writer, poet, and politician. 1551 – Nicolaus Reimers, German astronomer, writer, grammarian, tutor, mathematician, and university teacher who was imperial astronomer and mathematician to the court of Emperor Rudolf II.Continue reading “February 2 Writer Birthdays”

February 1 Writer Birthdays

1506 – George Buchanan, Scottish historian, writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, linguist, translator, and humanist scholar who has been called, “the most profound intellectual sixteenth century Scotland produced.” 1550 – Charlotte Duplessis-Mornay (née Arbaleste de la Borde) French writer of the Reformation, known for her first-person account of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre and for authoringContinue reading “February 1 Writer Birthdays”

January 31 Writer Birthdays

1559 – Maximiliaan de Vriendt, Flemish poet who was arrested and tortured for his opposition to the Calvinist regime, but later, after a change in administration, became a civic office-holder and New Latin poet and speechwriter. 1585 – Daniel Schwenter, German poet, mathematician, librarian, inventor, Orientalist, and linguist. 1624 – Arnold Geulincx, controversial Flemish authorContinue reading “January 31 Writer Birthdays”

52 Ancestors, Week 5: Oops, Wrong Village

It’s Week 5 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project, created by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. The theme this week: Oops. My “Oops” moment is about the process of uncovering the past. My grandmother had always told us her family was from Serravalle, a village in Marche, Italy. By the time I first visitedContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 5: Oops, Wrong Village”

January 30 Writer Birthdays

1590 – Lady Anne Clifford, English diarist, letter writer, patron of the arts, women’s rights activist, and High Sheriff of Westmoreland; poet John Donne said of her that she could “discourse of all things from Predestination to Slea-silk.” 1628 – George Villiers (2nd Duke of Buckingham), English politician and writer of restoration comedies. 1661 – CharlesContinue reading “January 30 Writer Birthdays”

January 29 Writer Birthdays

1455 – Johann Reuchlin, German writer, translator, philosopher, jurist, theologian, classical scholar, and university teacher whose work centered on advancing German knowledge of Greek and Hebrew. 1737 – Thomas Paine, influential English and Colonial American political activist, writer, philosopher, and revolutionary, best known for his pamphlets, “Common Sense,” which demanded the American colonies’ independence fromContinue reading “January 29 Writer Birthdays”

January 28 Writer Birthdays

1582 – John Barclay, French-born Scottish writer, satirist, and neo-Latin poet. 1608 – Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist, physicist, mathematician, and author; Father of Biomechanics; and first person to design a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus; he became head of Mathematics at the University of Pisa, though Galileo recommended against hiring him. 1841 – Sir HenryContinue reading “January 28 Writer Birthdays”