They had grown desperate over Reuchlin's opinion, because his voice had great weight with the emperor and his advisers.
Some writings of the humanist Reuchlin were also perused by them.
Reuchlin may properly be called the first great German humanist.
He was at Rome in 1516, and defended Reuchlin against the Dominicans.
He was educated under the auspices of the celebrated Greek scholar Reuchlin, who was also a relative.
After that Reuchlin thirsted for Hebrew literature, but could not quench his thirst.
Who would find fault with them for laboring in the promulgation of Reuchlin's pamphlet?
Hochstrat of Cologne, Reuchlin's enemy, clamored for fire to burn him.
Reuchlin's good offices to the Jews—his defense of them against the attacks of obscurantists—are a matter of general knowledge.
Reuchlin, the pride of Germany, was to be made their associate, so as to disarm possible opponents.