Noël Béda (600 words)


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Although one of the dominant champions of Catholic orthodoxy in the early years of the Reformation in France, Noël Béda’s influence and legacy have been defined more by what his contemporaries wrote about him – and even falsely attributed to him – than by anything he himself published. Presiding over first the Collège de Montaigu, then the Paris Faculty of Theology (as syndic or secretary general, from 1520 to 1534), he was instrumental in shaping official Gallican critique of indigenous evangelical and imported Lutheran heterodoxies.

Next to nothing is known of his origins or education – even his birth date is pure conjecture – but he succeeded sufficiently in impressing …

Citation: Persels, Jeff. "Noël Béda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 August 2019 [, accessed 09 August 2020.]

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