Michael Servetus and Theodor Ludwig Lau: Theological Works

Scope and Content

Theological works, 88 folios: fo. 4: Michael Servetus, 'Libri Duo Dialogorum de septem Erroribus in Trinitate'; fo. 39: T.L. Lau, 'Meditiationes de Deo, Mundo et Homine'; fo. 69: T.L. Lau, 'Meditationes seu Theses dubiae philosophico-theologicae eruditorum Disquisitioni Religionis cuiusvis et Nationis'. Servetus's work is presumably copied either from the original printing, or from the Regensburg reprint of c. 1721, spuriously dated 1532.

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Servetus (1511-1553) spent his childhood living in Villanova, Spain, before studying law at the University of Toulouse, where he developed an interest in theology. He entered the service of Juan de Quintana, a Franciscan friar and doctor of the University of Paris, and studied medicine in Paris during the 1530s. He was a pioneer physician, who was the first person to write on the pulmonary circulation of blood. However, his religious beliefs provoked controversy, and he was burned at the stake on 27 October 1553 by the Reform Protestants in Geneva for his criticism of the doctrine of the Trinity and his opposition to infant baptism.

Theodor Ludwig Lau (1670-1740) was a German lawyer and philosopher.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Karl Pearson, 1936.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


Servetus's work in this volume was printed at Hagenau in 1532. Lau's two works were printed respectively at Frankfurt in 1717 and at Freystad in 1719.

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