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Heinrich Eger von Kalkar
Egher ; Henricus Calcariensis ; Henricus de Calcaria ; Calker ; Henrici de Calcar



Issu d'une riche famille patricienne, il suit sa scolarité à l'école latine de Kalkar, puis suit ses études à l'Université de Cologne, et à Paris (il a peut-être Johannis de Muris comme professeur), où il est Magister artium de la Sorbonne en 1356, magister Regent en 1359 (professeur), et procurezru de la nation anglaise (les étudiants sont organisés en nations. En 1362, il est doyen de la Sorbonne.

Kalkar au Moyen-Âge

En 1363, il est chanoine à la collégiale St. Georg à Cologne et à St. Suitbert de Kaiserwerth près de Dusseldorf., où il intègre, en 1365, l'ordres des chartreux.

En 1367-1372, il est prieur à Monnikhuizen (Arnheim), puis recteur à Roermond.

de 1375 à 1395, il est visitateur de l'ordre pour l'Allemagne inférieure (Alemannia inferior : Rhein et Saxe), mais visite aussi des monastères en France, Bohème, et Moravie.

Entre 1378 et 1384, il est prieur à  St. Barbara de Cologne, puis jusqu'en 1396, à Marienberge (Srasbourg).

En 1396, il regagne alors St. Barbara de cologne comme simple moine.

Écrits relatifs à la musique

Cantuagium sive de musica : liber I


  • Ms. XI 649, St.-Florian, Stiftsbibliothek, XIIe, XIIIe, et XIVe siècles, f. 125v-128
  • Ms. Cpv 2339, Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, XIIIe siècle, f. 116v
  • Ms. theol. lat. qu. 165, Berlin, Staatsbibliothek preußischer Kulturbesitz, XVe siècle, f. 180v-181rv, solmisation, Nota quod tres sunt cantus in manu scilicet biduralis, naturalis et bmollis; ethos des modes, Est etiam sciendum quod musica habet ornatus proprios sicut rhetorica ornat enim cantum [...]
  • Ms. Mus. ms. theor. 1325, Berlin, Staatsbibliothek preußischer Kulturbesitz, origine allemande, XIVe siècle. f. 18-37v
  • Ms. 705, Darmstadt, Hessische Landes- und Hochschulbibliothek
  • Ms. Hs. II. 375, Mainz, Stadtbibliothek, daté avec prudence de 1466, f. 41v-57
  • Ms. Clm 16072, München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, origine allemande, XVe siècle, f. 89v-91v, Tres sunt cantus in manu [...]
  • Ms. Clm 19818, id., première moitié XVe siècle, f. 273, Cantus in manu sunt tres quis b duralis naturalis et b mollis [...]
  • Ms. 17.19 Aug. 4° (cat. 3109), Wolfenbüttel, Herzog-August-Bibliothek, origine allemande, XVe siècle, f. 345v, Tres sunt cantus […]


  • HÜSCHEN HEINRICH, Das Cantuagium des Heinrich Eger von Kalkar. Dans «Beiträge zur Rheinischen Musikgeschichte» (2), Köln-Krefeld 1952 [avec fac-similé.] [édition électronique de l'Université d'Indiana]
  • —, Albertus Magnus und seine Musikanschauung. Dans «Speculum musicae artis: Festschrift Heinrich Husmann zum 60. Geburtstag», München 1970, p. 205-218


  • Bautz  Friedrich Wilhelm, Heinrich Eger (Egher) von Kalkar. Dans « Biographisch-Bibliographisches Lexikon », Verlag Traugott Bautz, 1990, (II), col. 678-679
  • HARTZHEIM J., Bibliographia Cartusiensis. Köln 1747
  • HAAS ROBERT, Eger von Kalkar, Heinrich Dans «Neue deutsche Biographie» Berlin 1953
  • KEMPIS, Vita Gerardi Magni. Opera Omnia. Édition J. Pohl 1902-1922, VIII, 4
  • LE COUTEULX CAROLO, Annales ordinis Carthusiensis ab anno 1084 usque ad annum 1429. Montreuil 1887-1889
  •  PESCE DOLORES, The Affinities and Medieval Transposition. Bloomington-Indianapolis 1987, p. 73
  • PETREJUS F. J., Bibliographia cartusiana sive illustrium s.o. cartusiensis catalogus. Köln 1609
  • RÜTHING HEINRICH, Der Karthaüser Heinrich Egher von Kalkar 1328-1408. Göttingen 1967 [importante bibl.]
  • SCHNEIDER, Die Kölner Karthäuser vom ihere Gründung bis zum Ausgang des Mittelalters. Köln 1932
  • SCHOLTES J. J., Hendrik van Eger uit Kalkar en Zijn Kring. Dans « Studien en teksluitgaven van ons geestelyk erf» (16), Entwerpen 1967


Jean-Marc Warszawski
Novembre 1995-28 avril 2009


Mougel Ambrose, Henry of Kalkar.
Dans « The Catholic Encyclopedia »,
Encyclopedia Press, 1913.

Henry of Kalkar

Carthusian writer, b. at Kalkar in the Duchy of Cleves in 1328; d. at Cologne, December 20, 1408

Henry (EGHER) of Kalkar, Carthusian writer, b. at Kalkar in the Duchy of Cleves in 1328; d. at Cologne, December 20, 1408. Henry began his studies at Cologne, and completed them at Paris, where he became Master of Arts in 1357. He forthwith occupied the post of procurator of the German nation in 1358, being also a professor of theology. Having obtained canonries in the collegiate churches of St. Swibert in Kaiserswerth and St. George in Cologne in 1362, he returned to his native land. Soon after, however, disgusted with the world, he retired in 1365 to the Charterhouse of Cologne, where, owing to his talents and virtues, he was rapidly raised to the most important offices. Successively prior of the Charterhouses of Arnheim (1368-72), of Ruremonde (1372-77), which he had built, of Cologne (1377-84) and of Strasburg (1384-96), which he restored, and visitor of his province for the space of 20 years, he was thus called upon to play, under the trying circumstances produced by the Great Schism, a considerable role in the Netherlands and German-speaking countries. Relieved at length, at his earnest request, of all his offices, he retired in 1396 to the Charterhouse of Cologne, and there lived in recollection and prayer until his death.

Henry of Kalkar was celebrated not only as a writer, but also as a reformer. During his priorate at Arnheim he had the happiness and honor of converting one of his friends and fellow-students at Paris, Gerard Groote (the future founder of the Brothers of the Common Life), whom he attracted into his Charterhouse and directed for three years. Moreover by his spiritual writings .... he exercised on the whole school of Deventer and Windesheim the influence of a recognised master. He was to this extent the organizer of the great movement of the Catholic Renaissance, which, initiated at Windesheim and in the convents of the Low Countries, went on developing throughout the fifteenth century, finding its definite expression in the Council of Trent. He distinguished himself in the eyes of his contemporaries by his religious zeal, his great piety, and above all by his remarkable devotion towards the Blessed Virgin, who, it is said, deigned to appear to him several times. Indeed such was his reputation, that many attributed to him, though wrongly, the institution of the Rosary and the composition of the Imitation of Christ, and Blessed Canisius went so far as to insert his name in his German martyrology for December 20.

As a writer he has left a number of works on very diverse subjects. At once a man of learning and letters, a distinguished musician, theologian, and ascetic, he composed the treatises: Loquagium de rhetorica, Cantuagium de musica, De Continentiis et Distinctione Scientiarum, and was also the author of sermons, letters, treatises on the spiritual life, etc. These works, which have never been printed, are scattered about in different libraries—at Basle, Brussels, St. Gall, etc. One alone has been published and has enjoyed a strange career, the Exercitatorium Monachale or Tractatus utilis proficere volentibus. Inserted in a number of manuscripts of the Imitation between the first and third books, it has sometimes passed as an unedited book of that work, and was published as such by Dr. Liebner at Gottingen in 1842. Several times reprinted, especially by Msgr. Malou in his Recherches sur le veritable auteur de l'Imitation, it has been translated into French (Waille, Paris, 1844) under the title L'Imitation de J.C., livre inedit trouve dans la bibliotheque de Quedlinbourg. Moreover it has in great part passed into the "Mystica theologia" (chap. I) of Henry of Balma, and into the treatise De Contemplatione (lib. I, art. xxi) of Denis the Carthusian, and, after having inspired Thomas A Kempis and Garcia de Cisneros, it furnished St. Ignatius himself with some ideas for his famous "Exercises".

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