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Abraham a Sancta-Clara (1644–1709)

Abraham a Sancta-Clara (ä’bră-häm ä sänk’tä-klä’rä). A celebrated German pulpit orator and satirist; born at Krähenheimstetten, Baden, July 2, 1644; died in Vienna, Dec. 1, 1709. His family name was Megerle. He was appointed preacher to the imperial court, 1669, and thereafter was one of the celebrities of Vienna. His sermons were characterized by force, broad humor, and impartial denunciation of the follies of all classes, but especially of the courtiers. A good specimen of his manner, both in its elevation of thought and in its grotesqueness, is seen in his ‘Judas the Arch-Knave’ (1686–95).