Jean Bolland

1596 - 1665

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Jean Bolland (Latin: Johannes Bollandus) (13 August 1596 – 12 September 1665) was a Jesuit priest, theologian, and prominent Flemish hagiographer. Bolland's main achievement is the compilation of the first five volumes of the Lives of the Saints in Latin, called the Acta Sanctorum, a series which was continued by others, who, after his death, formed the Society of Bollandists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Bolland has received more than 20,949 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Jean Bolland is the 1,877th most popular writer (up from 1,931st in 2019), the 237th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 234th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Belgian Writer.

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Among writers, Jean Bolland ranks 1,877 out of 5,794Before him are Juvencus, Sergei Dovlatov, Morgan Robertson, Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Vazha-Pshavela. After him are Juan Goytisolo, Christian Jacq, John Kennedy Toole, Johann Jakob Bodmer, John Tzetzes, and Heinz G. Konsalik.

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Among people born in 1596, Jean Bolland ranks 17Before him are Joan Blaeu, Andreas Cellarius, Johan Banér, Peter Mogila, Constantijn Huygens, and Jacob van Campen. After him are Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano, Leonaert Bramer, Thomas de Keyser, Abraham van Diepenbeeck, and Heinrich Scheidemann. Among people deceased in 1665, Jean Bolland ranks 13Before him are Mary of Jesus of Ágreda, Elisabetta Sirani, Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria, Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, and Stefan Czarniecki. After him are Charles II, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Lorenzo Lippi, and Maria Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Jean Bolland ranks 237 out of 899Before him are Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq (1522), Firmin Lambot (1886), Jacques Feyder (1885), John of Ruusbroec (1293), Chantal Akerman (1950), and Eugène Joseph Delporte (1882). After him are Herri met de Bles (1480), David Teniers the Elder (1582), Emile Vandervelde (1866), William of Moerbeke (1215), Edward Schillebeeckx (1914), and Sebastiaen Vrancx (1573).

Among WRITERS In Belgium

Among writers born in Belgium, Jean Bolland ranks 15Before him are Henri Michaux (1899), Victor Serge (1890), Hugo Claus (1929), Georges Rodenbach (1855), Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq (1522), and John of Ruusbroec (1293). After him are William of Moerbeke (1215), Louis Paul Boon (1912), Michel de Ghelderode (1898), Hendrik Conscience (1812), J.-H. Rosny aîné (1856), and Heinrich von Veldeke (1150).