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Aubert Miraeus

Aubertus Miraeus
Aubertus Miraeus
Aubertus Miraeus
Born (1573-11-30)30 November 1573
Died 19 October 1640(1640-10-19) (aged 66)
Nationality Belgian
Other names Aubert le Mire
Alma mater University of Leuven
Occupation ecclesiastical historian

Aubert Miraeus (November 30, 1573 – October 19, 1640), also called Aubert le Mire, was an ecclesiastical historian.


He was born in Brussels. After studying at Douai and Leuven he was made canon of Antwerp cathedral in 1608 and secretary to his uncle, Joannes Miraeus, who was then Bishop of Antwerp. In 1611 he was appointed almoner and librarian to Archduke Albert of Austria, then sovereign of the Netherlands, and in 1624 he became dean of the cathedral of Antwerp and vicar general of the diocese. He remained in Antwerp until his death. He wrote numerous works in the fields of history, ecclesiastical history, and related disciplines. Some have suggested that his works lack thoroughness and accuracy.

Published works

Obituaries, biographies and funeral orations

History and ecclesiastical history

Bibliography and diplomatics

  • Elogia Belgica sive illustrium Belgii scriptorum, Antwerp, 1609, dedicated to the city council of Antwerp (on google books);
  • Elenchus historicorum et aliorum scriptorum, nondum typis editorum, qui in Belgicis potissimum bibliothecis manuscripti exstant, Brussels, 1622 (a handlist of authors of manuscripts in Belgian libraries) - (on google books);
  • Codex donationum piarum, Brussels, 1624 (an anthology of medieval dotations), dedicated to Petrus Peckius (on google books);
  • Diplomatum Belgicorum libri duo, Brussels, 1628 (a collection of diplomatics), dedicated to Cardinal de la Cueva (on google books);
  • Donationum Belgicarum libri II, Antwerp, 1629 (an anthology of medieval dotations), dedicated to Ferdinand de Boisschot, baron of Zaventem (on google books);
  • Bibliotheca ecclesiastica, 2 vols, Antwerp, 1639–49; a compilation of short sketches on ecclesiastical writers written by St. Jerome, Gennadius, St. Isidore, St. Ildephonsus, Honorius Augustodunensis, Sigebert of Gembloux, and Henry of Ghent, furnished with notes by Miraeus (on google books).


Some of his letters were published by Burbure in Messager des Sciences Historiques de Belgique (1859)


  • 12px This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Aubert Miraeus". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. . Cites:
    • C.-B. De Ridder, Aubert Le Mire, sa vie, ses écrits: mémoire historique et critique. Mémoires couronnés et mémoires des savants étrangers, publiés par l’Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique, 31; Brussels: Hayez, 1863.

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