Herman Hugo

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From an English translation of Pia desideria, 1690

Herman Hugo (9 May 1588 – 11 September 1629) was a Jesuit priest, writer and military chaplain. His Pia desideria, a spiritual emblem book published in Antwerp in 1624,[1] was "the most popular religious emblem book of the seventeenth century".[2] It went through 42 Latin editions and was widely translated up to the 18th century.[3]


Herman Hugo was born in Brussels. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Louvain. He died of plague on 11 September 1629 at Rheinsberg.[4]



  1. ^ Agnès Guiderdoni-Bruslé (2004). "L'ame amante de son Dieu by Madame Guyon (1717): Pure love between Antwerp, Paris and Amsterdam, at the crossroads between orthodoxy and heterodoxy". In Arie Jan Gelderblom; Jan L. De Jong; Marc van Vaeck. The Low Countries as a crossroads of religious beliefs. BRILL. p. 301. ISBN 978-90-04-12288-8. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Peter Maurice Daly (2008). Companion to emblem studies. AMS Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-404-63720-0. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Simon A. Vosters (1997). "Love fever: Guevara, Gruterius, Catsius and "Schoonhovius"". In Jozef Ijsewijn. Humanistica Lovaniensia. Leuven University Press. p. 306. ISBN 978-90-6186-822-4. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Andrée Thill; Gilles Banderier, eds. (1999). La lyre Jésuite: anthologie de poèmes Latins (1620-1730). Librairie Droz. p. 19. ISBN 978-2-600-00372-8. Retrieved 2 June 2013.