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The New International Encyclopædia/Bebel, Heinrich

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BEBEL, Heinrich (1472-1518?). A German humanist. He was born at Ingstetten (Württemberg). He studied at Cracow and Basel, and in 1497 was appointed professor of eloquence and poetry at the University of Tübingen. In 1501 he was crowned poet laureate by the Emperor Maximilian. His best-known two works are his Proverbia Germanica (1508; new ed., Leyden, 1879), and his Facetiæ (1508), a collection of jests and anecdotes directed against the Roman Catholic clergy. He was a friend of Erasmus. For his biography, consult Zapf (Augsburg, 1802).