Fama Fraternitatis

(ca. 1610)

Context

The Fama Fraternitatis focuses upon university corruption, something of which Johann Valentin Andreae had personal experience. In 1606 he was temporarily expelled from the Universität Tübingen for objecting to court influence on university governance. Tübingen’s chancellor, Matthias Enzlin, was a favorite of the duke of Württemberg’s court. Enzlin exploited his connection to the court to prejudice the duke against men he did not approve of—men such as Simon Studion, author of the manuscript Naometria (“Temple Measurement,” ca. 1604), which joined astronomy to biblical...

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