Bidermann, Jakob

Bidermann, Jakob

(yä`kôp bē`dərmän), 1578–1639, German Jesuit dramatist and poet. Based on saint and martyr legends, Bidermann's plays were among the finest artistic expressions of the Counter ReformationCounter Reformation,
16th-century reformation that arose largely in answer to the Protestant Reformation; sometimes called the Catholic Reformation. Although the Roman Catholic reformers shared the Protestants' revulsion at the corrupt conditions in the church, there was present
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 in Germany. His chief work, Cenodoxus (1602), was a Faustian drama about mortality. Professor of rhetoric in Munich, later assistant to the Jesuit general in Rome, he also wrote Belisar (1607), Marcarius (1613), and Himmelsglöcklein [heavenly bells] (1620), a collection of songs.
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