B. Rhenanus died on the 20th of July in 1547. Unfortunately his name is scarcely known these days but in his own he was tremendously important, significant, and influential. Rhenanus was one of Zwingli’s closest University friends and while in Basel, sent Zwingli many of Luther’s works (which were being printed there).
Though more Humanist than Reformer, Rhenanus was still a valuable member of Zwingli’s inner circle. Oskar Farner published an interesting essay in 1913 about Zwingli’s ‘becoming’ a Reformer and in it he naturally brings up Rhenanus. Give it a read. And remember, we only see as far as we do because we stand on the shoulders of giants.
Below are photos from the Rhenanus Library.