Surius, Laurentius

, a voluminous compiler, was born at Lubeck in 1522, and entered the Carthusian order in that city, where he became celebrated for his virtues and learning. He died May 25, 1578, at Cologn, aged fifty-six. The principal among his numerous works are, “A Collection of Councils,1567, 4 vols. fol.; “The Lives of the Saints,” Cologn, 1618, 7 vols. fol.; and “A History of his Own Times from 1500 to 1566,1569, 8vo; translated into French, 1573, 8vo. Surius did not want learning, but those of his own communion are willing to allow that he gave credit blindly to fables, and was deficient in critical knowledge. 2