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Nicholas of Anaskilch or Nicholas of Hönhartzkirchen ( †1400) on Angelic Cognition

Abstract : One of the more mysterious names found among the texts by Viennese theologians gathered in Rheinfelden's notes in manuscript Basel, UB, A X 44 is Nicholas of Anaskilch. A short question in the manuscript on ff. 5r-6v is attributed to this Nicholas, dealing with angelic cognition, how demons can interfere with humans' thoughts, and how they can insinuate themselves into men's minds. This paper aims to identify who the author of this question is and to scrutinize the content of this text, which is edited in an appendix. Nothing can be found about Nicholas of Anaskilch in medieval sources (matricula lists, acta, etc.) or in the secondary bibliography. This is an intriguing situation, since no trace of this name is found recorded in Vienna during Rheinfelden's studies, more precisely in the last decade of the fourteenth century. A point of difficulty is the abbreviated form of the name, since a dot is added at the end. Among the other fourteen names quoted in the manuscript, the use of dots indicates a short form of a name, as in the case of H.H. or O.H. referring to Henry of Langenstein and Henry Totting of Oyta.
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Monica Brinzei. Nicholas of Anaskilch or Nicholas of Hönhartzkirchen ( †1400) on Angelic Cognition. The Rise of an Academic Elite : Deans, Masters, and Scribes at the University of Vienna before 1400, ed. M. Brinzei, (Studia Sententiarum, 6), Brepols forthcoming, In press. ⟨hal-03468823⟩



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