Louis de Blois was a Flemish mystical writer, generally known under the name of Blosius.
He was born at the château of Donstienne, near Liège, of an illustrious family to which several crowned heads were allied.
He was educated at the court of the Netherlands with the future emperor Charles V of Germany, who remained to the last his staunch friend. At the age of fourteen he received the Benedictine habit in Liessies Abbey in Hainaut, of which he became abbot in 1530. Charles V pressed in vain upon him the archbishopric of Cambrai, but Blosius studiously exerted himself in the reform of his monastery and in the composition of devotional works. He died at his monastery on 7 January 1566.
Blosius's works, which were written in Latin, have been translated into almost every European language.
In personal character he was distinguished for his gentleness, his generosity to the poor, his love of chastity, and his devotion to the Mother of God. He was a diligent student, especially of the Scriptures, the works of the Fathers, and the mystical writers of the fourteenth century. His own writings were numerous, the chief being Speculum Monachorum, written in Latin, Entretiens spirituels, and Instructions spirituelles et pensées consolantes. His complete works were first published at Louvain in 1568 and have been many times reprinted and translated.
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