Jacobus PameliusJacobus Pamelius (Jacob van Pamele) (13 May 1536 – 19 September 1587) was a Flemish theologian.
He was born at Bruges and educated at the Cistercian Abbey of Boneffe in the County of Namur.He studied philosophy at Louvain University, and on 27 March 1553 was promoted ''magister artium''. For the next nine years he studied theology under the direction of Ruard Tapper and Josse Ravestein and after receiving the baccalaureate he followed the course of the Sorbonne. On 19 June 1561, he was made a canon of St. Donatian's Cathedral, Bruges, and was ordained priest probably 21 February 1562.
He visited all the libraries of the Low Countries to procure manuscripts and unpublished works. The typographer Johannes Hervagius (Johann Herwagen the Younger, d. 1564), in a Preface ''Ad Lectorem'', credits Pamelius (alone) with a large editorial contribution to the monumental 8-volume 1563 Basel ''Editio Princeps'' of the Complete Works of the Venerable Bede, begun under the supervision of the great Johann Herwagen the elder (d. 1557). "For as in the bringing together of the books of Bede, so also in the emendation and restoration of many readings, Jacobus Pamelius laid out no small effort, an erudite man, one very respected in these matters, and diligent, and one to whom the readers owe a great deal." Pamelius devoted himself to the publication of rare texts, continuing with the ''Micrologus de ecclesiasticis observationibus'' (Antwerp, 1565), a liturgical commentary of the Roman ''Ordo'' which dates probably from the beginning of the twelfth century. From 1568 to 1571, he was dean of the chrétienté of Bruges. He was appointed in 1570 as a member of the commission for the examination of books by Remi Drieux, Bishop of Bruges, and aided in the publication of the ''Index expurgatorius'' of 1571.
In 1574, he replaced George de Vrieze as scholar of the chapter of St Donatian and shared in the installation of the college of the Jesuits at Bruges in 1575. The protection which Pamelius extended to the victims of Calvinistic violence at Bruges drew upon him hatred, and he was obliged to withdraw to Douai in 1578.
In 1581, the chapter of St-Omer appointed him Archdeacon of Flanders. After the death of Bishop Jean Six (11 October 1586), Philip II appointed Pamelius his successor in the See of Saint-Omer, but Pamelius died, at Mons in Hainaut, before receiving his bulls of confirmation. Provided by Wikipedia
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