bollandists

Bollandist

[bol-uhn-dist]
noun
any of the editors of the Acta Sanctorum.

Origin:
1745–55; after Jean de Bolland; see -ist

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bollandists

member of a small group of Belgian Jesuits who edit and publish the Acta Sanctorum, the great collection of biographies and legends of the saints, arranged according to their feast days. The idea was conceived by Heribert Rosweyde, a Jesuit who intended to publish, from early manuscripts, 18 volumes of lives of the saints with notes attached. After Rosweyde's death in 1629, Jean Bolland organized a group that continued to gather material and, especially on the advice of Henschenius (Godefroid Henskens), an associate, extended the scope of the work. Publication began in Antwerp in 1643 with the two January volumes. From 1659 Daniel van Papenbroeck, perhaps the outstanding Bollandist, collaborated. This is considered the golden age of the group

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