July 28, 1486|
|Died||November 6, 1533
|Other names||Petrus Ægidius, Peter Giles, Peter Gilles|
|Occupation||magistrate of Antwerp|
|Known for||friendship with Sir Thomas More|
|Spouse(s)||Cornelia Sandrien, Maria Denis Adriaensdochter, Kathelijne Draeckx|
Pieter Gillis (28 July 1486 – 6 or 11 November 1533), known by his anglicised name Peter Giles and sometimes the Latinised Petrus Ægidius, was a humanist, printer, and secretary to the city of Antwerp in the early sixteenth century. He is most famous as a friend and supporter of Rodolphus Agricola, Desiderius Erasmus and Thomas More.
Thomas More's Utopia, although fictional, includes Pieter Gillis as a character in Book I. More dedicated Utopia to Gillis, who may have designed the Utopian alphabet. They first met when diplomatic business brought More to Antwerp.
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