Augustine of Alfeld

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Augustine of Alfeld (1480 – c. 1535) was a teacher and Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Order in Saxony, who was opposed to Martin Luther on the question of papal authority.


Title page of Super apostolica sede (1520)

He was born in Alfeld, near Hildesheim, and was a professor of Scripture at Leipzig in 1520. There he wrote the pamphlet against Martin Luther Super apostolica sede.[1]

Adolf of Anhalt, the Bishop of Merseburg, in 1520 called on him to dispute the Lutherans preachers. On 20 January 1521 he presided at the public theological disputation held at Weimar, between Johann Lange, Aegidius Mechler, and the Franciscans, on the merit of monastic vows and life; it called forth a satirical poem at the time. In 1523 he became Guardian of the friary at Halle.[2]

Augustine served as a guardian for noble minors in 1524; and was the Minister Provincial for the Franciscan order in Saxony (1529-1532). He died before 1535.

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  1. ^ Augustin von Alveldt (1520). Super apostolica Sede. M.Lotter.
  2. ^ Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Augustin von Alfeld" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Augustin von Alfeld". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.