Lambert Daneau (c. 1535 – c. 1590) was a French jurist and Calvinist theologian.
He was born at Beaugency-sur-Loire, and educated at Orléans. He studied Greek under Adrianus Turnebus, and then law in Orléans from 1553. He moved to Bourges in 1559; he was particularly influenced by François Hotman, and by Anne du Bourg, who was executed in that year for heresy.
He went to Geneva first in 1560, and then became a pastor in Gien. After eight fruitful further years in Geneva from 1572, he made a reputation as preacher and theological writer. He left for a position in the University of Leiden. He taught also in Ghent, Orthez, Lescar, and Castres.
He wrote a book on witchcraft, Dialogus de veneficiis (1564). His views on the topic of hunting witches caused trouble for him in Leiden. It was translated, in its 1574 edition, into English by Thomas Twyne as A Dialogue of Witches (1575).
His Physica christiana (1576) argued for a Scriptural basis for physics. It was translated by Twyne as The Wonderfull Workmanship of the World (1578).
- Oliver Fatio, Lambert Daneau 1535-1590, p. 69 in rian P. Levack, Articles on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (1992).
- Donald K. McKim, David F. Wright, Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (1992), p. 95.
- Bengt Ankarloo, Stuart Clark, William Monter, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Period of the Witch Trials (2002), p. 81.
- Christopher B. Kaiser, Creational Theology and the History of Physical Science: The Creationist Tradition from Basil to Bohr (1997), note p. 165.
See also Olivier Fatio, "Lambert Daneau 1530-1595" in Jill Raitt, ed., Shapers of Religious Traditions in Germany, Switzerland, and Poland, 1560-1600 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981), pages 105-119.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Bautz (1975). "Daneau (Danaeus), Lambert". In Bautz, Friedrich Wilhelm. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German) 1. Hamm: Bautz. cols. 1206–1207. ISBN 3-88309-013-1.