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William Stanyhurst (1602 – 1663) was a Belgian Jesuit of Irish parentage. He was a prolific author of Latin religious works, one of which, Dei immortalis in corpore mortali patientis historia, was widely popular, and was translated into many languages.
He was the son of Richard Stanyhurst and was born at Brussels. After studying there, he entered the Society of Jesus at Mechelen on 25 September 1617. He chiefly resided at Brussels, and preached in both English and Dutch. He died in Belgium on 10 January 1663.
He was a voluminous writer of religious works, many of which enjoyed a European vogue. His Dei Immortalis in corpore mortali patientis Historia, which appeared at Antwerp in 1660, was repeatedly reprinted, both in the original Latin and in French, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, German, Polish, and Hungarian translations. His Veteris Hominis . . . quatuor novissima metamorphosis et novi genesis, dedicated to James van Baerlant, Antwerp, 1661 (Prague, 1700; Vienna, 1766), was translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Others of his works, all of which passed through many editions, are:
- Album Marianum, describing God's beneficence to Austria (Louvain, 1641);
- Regio mortis sive Domus infelicis aeternitatis (Antwerp, 1652);
- Quotidiana Christiani Militis tessera (Antwerp, 1661) - parts of this reappeared in Selectissima moralis Christianae praecepta harmonicis metris ac rythmis expressa (Antwerp, 1662);
- Ecclesia Militans, Antwerp.
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