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Ludolf of Saxony

c.1300-1378. Carthusian spiritual writer, author of the most widely read life of Christ written during the Middle Ages. Little is known of his life. He entered the Carthusian Order in 1340 and became prior at Coblenz in 1343. He retired to the charter house at Mainz in 1348 and died at Strasbourg thirty years later. He is best known for his book, The Life of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was first printed in 1474 and since that time has been translated into numerous languages and has had over sixty editions. The book was the most extensive life of Christ written until that time. It dealt with the events and teachings recorded in the gospels and included commentaries by church fathers and medieval writers as well as prayers and moral instructions. The work later influenced Ignatius Loyola, who utilized it in writing his Spiritual Exercises. Ludolf also wrote a commentary on the Psalms which was first printed in 1491.