Franciscus Titelmans

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Franciscus Titelmans (also Frans Titelmans; Latin: Franciscus Titelmannus or Hasseltensis) (1502–1537) was a Flemish Franciscan scholar, an opponent of Erasmus.[1]

Franciscus Titelmans, 16th century image.


He was born in Hasselt, and graduated M.A. at the University of Leuven in 1521. He was a dialectician influenced by Rudolph Agricola, and himself an influence on Petrus Ramus.[2] He joined the Franciscan Order in 1523, and engaged in controversy with Erasmus over the interpretation of the Pauline Epistles in the period 1527 to 1530.[3] He wrote a compendium on natural philosophy which was much reprinted.[4]

He became a Capuchin in 1535 and moved to Italy, where he worked in a hospital for the incurably ill. He died at Anticoli di Campagna.[5]


  • Collationes quinque super Epistolam ad Romanos beati Pauli Apostoli (Antwerp, Willem Vorsterman, 1529). Available on Google Books.
  • Libri duodecim de consyderatione rerum naturalium (Antwerp, Simon Cock, 1530).
  • Tractatus de expositione mysteriorum missae (Antwerp, Willem Vorsterman, 1530). Available on Google Books.
  • Elucidatio in omnes psalmos iuxta veritatem vulgatae (Antwerp, Martin Lempereur, 1531). Available on Google Books.
  • Annotationes ex Hebræo atque Chaldæo in omnes Psalmos (Antwerp, Simon Cock, 1531).


  • Franaut page
  • Article in Contemporaries of Erasmus
  • Charles B. Schmitt, Quentin Skinner (eds.), eds. (1990). The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-39748-3. 
  • David A. Lines, ‘Teaching Physics in Louvain and Bologna: Frans Titelmans and Ulisse Aldrovandi’, in Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Emidio Campi, Simone De Angelis, Anja-Silvia Goeing, Anthony T. Grafton in cooperation with Rita Casale, Jürgen Oelkers and Daniel Tröhler (Geneva: Droz, 2008), pp. 183–203.


  1. ^ A. G. Dickens and Whitney R. D. Jones, Erasmus the Reformer (1994), p. 272.
  2. ^ Walter J. Ong, Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: from the art of discourse to the art of reason (2005), p. 22; Google Books.
  3. ^ Schmitt-Skinner, p. 838.
  4. ^ Schmitt-Skinner, p. 796.
  5. ^ Schmitt-Skinner, p. 838.