John of Ruusbroec

1293 - 1381

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John van Ruysbroeck, original Middle Dutch name Jan van Ruusbroec (pronounced [ˈjɑn vɑn ˈryzbruk]) (1293 or 1294 – 2 December 1381), was an Augustinian canon and one of the most important of the medieval mystics of the Low Countries. Some of his main literary works include The Kingdom of the Divine Lovers, The Twelve Beguines, The Spiritual Espousals, A Mirror of Eternal Blessedness, The Little Book of Enlightenment, and The Sparkling Stone. Some of his letters also survive, as well as several short sayings (recorded by some of his disciples, such as Jan van Leeuwen). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John of Ruusbroec has received more than 115,341 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). John of Ruusbroec is the 1,930th most popular writer (down from 1,876th in 2019), the 261st most popular biography from Belgium (down from 245th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Belgian Writer.

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Notable Works

Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage. the Sparkling Stone Illlustated

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Over the past year John of Ruusbroec has had the most page views in the with 7,296 views, followed by French (4,592), and Spanish (3,005). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Russian (430.65%), Basque (78.00%), and Slovenian (66.67%)


Among writers, John of Ruusbroec ranks 1,930 out of 7,302Before him are Isaac Alfasi, Philippe Quinault, Wolfgang Borchert, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Al-Busiri, and Éric Zemmour. After him are Pierre Gringore, Giovanni Botero, Jordan of Saxony, Robert James Waller, Abdul-Qādir Bedil, and Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens.

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Among people born in 1293, John of Ruusbroec ranks 7Before him are Philip VI of France, Philip V of France, Clementia of Hungary, Joan the Lame, Beatrice of Castile, and Yesün Temür. After him are Gerhard III, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg, and Irene of Brunswick. Among people deceased in 1381, John of Ruusbroec ranks 4Before him are Catherine of Vadstena, Juana Manuel, and Frederick III, Landgrave of Thuringia. After him are Beatrice of Portugal, Wat Tyler, Taddea Visconti, and John Ball.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, John of Ruusbroec ranks 261 out of 1,190Before him are Godfrey I, Count of Louvain (1060), Ovide Decroly (1871), Gillis van Coninxloo (1544), Pierre Deligne (1944), Michel de Ghelderode (1898), and Adam Frans van der Meulen (1632). After him are Pierre de Decker (1812), François-Joseph Fétis (1784), Cornelis Floris de Vriendt (1514), Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569), Jean Stas (1813), and Lucien Van Impe (1946).

Among WRITERS In Belgium

Among writers born in Belgium, John of Ruusbroec ranks 15Before him are Laura Marx (1845), Victor Serge (1890), Georges Rodenbach (1855), Hugo Claus (1929), Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq (1522), and Michel de Ghelderode (1898). After him are Jean Bolland (1596), William of Moerbeke (1215), Guido Gezelle (1830), Hendrik Conscience (1812), J.-H. Rosny aîné (1856), and Amélie Nothomb (1967).