Renæssanceforum 6 • 2010

Kaare Rübner Jørgensen
Paulus Helie – a Sixteenth-Century Danish Humanist and Historian

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Paulus Helie was a Danish Carmelite and provincial prior during the Reformation. Among his works is the Chronicon Skibyense, a Latin chronicle about events in Denmark from 1046 to 1534. In this article the chronicle is seen not as a historical work, but as a work of literature. His use of words of classical, medieval and renaissance origin, his style, and his use of classical rhetoric are analysed. Finally, the chronicle is compared with historical works written in Italy in the fifteenth century.