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Albertanus of Brescia

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Albertanus of Brescia (Italian: Albertano da Brescia, ca. 1195 - ca. 1251), author of Latin social treatises and sermons. Albertanus was from Brescia, in northern Italy, but little is known of his early life. He had three sons Vincent, Stephen, and John (who was a surgeon). He was a notary and causidici (professional legal counselor). He first appears in the historical record in 1226 as a judge renewing the Lombard League. In 1238 he was named captain to defend the town of Gavardo against the forces of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor. Defeated, he was imprisoned for a few months at Cremona, where he found the time to start a writing career. His first work was De amore et dilectione Dei et proximi et aliarum rerum et de forma vitae ("On love and delight in God and in neighbor and other matters concerning the rule of life"; 1238), a treatise on Christian conceptions of life under religious rule which quotes frequently from Seneca the Younger's Epistulae morales ad Lucilium (64 AD). In 1245 he wrote the treatise De doctrina dicendia et tacendi ("On teaching about speech and silence"), which discussed the place of notaries in public life, and more generally explored the newly emerging  ( Wikipedia article )

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