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13 Lautenbach (1534-1594) was born in Motzlar in Thuringia, and after studies in Straßburg he served as Lutheran minister in Neuweiler and in Hunaweyler, a village near Colmar, before being called to Heidelberg by Ludwig in 1580. There he served in different capacities; he was a minister, but he continued his scholarly activities as well. He was employed by the court librarian, Dr. Joachim Strupp, to assemble a catalogue of the collection. 1 4 By this time he had impressive scholarly credentials as a ιλ 14 Helmut Häuser, "Zur Verfasserfrage des Faustbuchs von 1587: Konrad Lautenbach," EuphorienΆ 66 (1972): 151-173.
In April 1591, Spies borrowed a significant sum of money from h i m . 4 4 T o see the 41 42 43 44 Richter, "Konzessionspraxis und Zahl der Druckereien in Frankfurt am Main um 1600," Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens 27 (1986): 148. See also Joshua Trachtenberg, The Devil and the Jews. The Medieval Conception of the Jew and its Relation to Modern Antisemitism (New York: Harper Torchbook, 1966). Johann Friedrich Faust's mother was Anna Bromm; his father was Johann Faust (15251596), who was an influential Lutheran with contacts to the court of Ludwig VI in Heidelberg.
Zwey Gesprech: Das erste, von Zäuberern . . vormals durch Herrn Lambertum Daneum lateinisch an Tag geben, jetzt auffs neuw verteutschet. Das ander, von Hexen vnd Vnholden anfenglich vor CXIIII Jaren lateinisch von Vírico Molitoris ... gestellet, jetzt auffs treuwlichst verteutscht durch Conradum Lautenbach, Pfarrherrn zu Hunaweyler (Frankfurt: Georg Rab [publisher: Basse], 1576). Cf. Library VD 16. Brought to youNicolaus by | Cambridge University Authenticated Download Date | 10/30/16 12:25 PM 36 religious, and political structure that had supported Spies, and his work began to crumble.
Faustus on Trial: The Origins of Johann Spies’s ’Historia’ in an Age of Witch Hunting by Frank Baron