Kaspar Ursinus Velius

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Kaspar Ursinus Velius (c. 1493 – 5 March 1539) was a German humanist scholar, poet and historian.

Title page from a book of 1522


From Schweidnitz in Silesia (now Świdnica in Poland) he began life as secretary to Johann Thurzo, Bishop of Breslau. Later in Vienna he was court historian and poet laureate.[1] His De Bello Pannonico chronicled the wars of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor against John Zápolya and the Ottoman Empire. It was published in 1762,[2] in an edition by Adam František Kollár.

A friend of Johannes Göritz (Corycius), he visited Rome as an upcoming neo-Latin poet.[3]



  1. ^ Lambrecht, Karen. "Communicating Europe to the Region" (PDF). p. 14.
  2. ^ Boor, Helmut de (29 March 2018). "Geschichte der deutschen Literatur von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart". C.H.Beck – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Pastor, Ludwig (29 March 1891). "The history of the popes, from the close of the middle ages : drawn from the secret Archives of the Vatican and other original sources; from the German". London, J. Hodges – via Internet Archive.

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