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Fr. Andrea Biglia and his Two Hour Sermon

On this day – 26th of May, 1425, Fra Andrea Biglia, humanist scholar and respected preacher, delivered the sermon to the Order's General Chapter. It consisted of almost 8,000 words and lasted about two hours.

Andrea Biglia (c.1395 – 1435) was an Italian Augustinian humanist, known as a moral philosopher and historian.  He was born in Milan, and became an Augustinian in 1412.  After time studying in Padua he came to the community of Santo Spirito, Florence, in 1418. In 1423 he moved to Bologna, and by the end of the 1420s, having spent a period at Pavia, he went to teach at the University of Siena where he died of the plague in 1435.

Biglia wrote a treatise against the populist preacher Bernardino of Siena.  In connection with this dispute he wrote on the Holy Name of Jesus, and these theological writings proved influential for his contemporaries. Some of Biglia's sermons also survive.

As an historian he wrote on Eastern Christendom and Islam, including a history of the Mongols.  Probably his best-known work, Rerum Mediolanensium Historia was a history of Milan relating to the period 1402–1431.

As a translator he worked on the Vita Timoleontis of Plutarch, and also some writings of Aristotle.

Article posted on 26th of May 2013

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