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Henry of Langenstein

c.1325-1397. German philosopher and theologian. Born in Hesse, he was educated at the University of Paris, where he taught Nominalist philosophy and, later, theology. As the school's leading theologian and vice-chancellor, he led her four faculties to a public position advocating a general church council to heal the Great Schism.* When the French court rejected the idea, some half of the faculty and student body returned to their native Germany. Henry withdrew to the monastery of Eberbach. In 1384 he helped found a theological faculty at the University of Vienna, where he became vice- chancellor and, after 1393, rector. As a competent scholar and writer he produced works on astronomy, the Great Schism, the Immaculate Conception, asceticism, and the errors of astrology.