Bedrich Bridel

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Bedřich Bridel SJ (also: Friedrich Briedel (Brydel) ; Latinized : Friedrich Bridelius ; * 1619 in Vysoké Mýto , Chrudimer Kreis , † October 15, 1680 in Kutná Hora ) was a Czech Jesuit and writer of Baroque literature .

Bridel joined the Jesuit order after completing high school in 1637, studied theology and philosophy with Bohuslav Balbín from 1645 to 1650 and was ordained a priest around 1650. He then worked as a professor of rhetoric and poetics at a Jesuit grammar school, from 1656 to 1660 he was president and printer at the Prague Clementinum and then worked at the colleges in Bunzlau , Časlau and Kuttenberg in Eastern Bohemia . From 1673 to 1680 he worked in Jeníkov . He was highly regarded for his commitment to poor, sick and needy old people and the care of plague sufferers and victims of the atrocities of the Thirty Years War (1618–1648). He linked this activity with Christian mission . Friedrich Bridel himself died of the plague in 1680.

He is the author of spiritual reflections, hymns , meditative prayers, legends and translations. As a lyricist, he is close to Angelus Silesius .


  • Co Bůh? Člověk? ( What God? Man? ) - a long meditation poem, which today is considered one of the most important works of Czech Baroque poetry. It served as an inspiration to the romantic Karel Hynek Mácha
  • Život svatého Ivana . 1656 ( The Life of Saint Ivan )
  • Stůl Páně ( The Lord's Table )
  • František svatý Xaver (Saint Francis Xavier)
  • Sláva Svatoprokopská . 1662. ( The Glory of Saint Procopius )
  • Catechism katolický ( Catholic Catechism )


  • Heribert Sturm : Biographical lexicon on the history of the Bohemian countries. Published on behalf of the Collegium Carolinum (Institute) . Volume I, R. Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich / Vienna 1979, ISBN 3-486-49491-0 , p. 146.
  • Slovník českých spisovatelů, 1964.
  • Kalista: České Baroko, 1940, p. 329 ff.
  • Ottův slovník naučný (1888–1909), volume 4

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