Marc-Antoine Muret (1526-1585) –
the unknown author of Silent Night
Marc-Antoine Muret was born at Muret near Limoges, France on 12 April, 1526. At the age of eighteen he was invited to lecture at the Archiepiscopal College at Auch. He afterwards taught Latin at Villeneuve, and then at the College of Guienne, Bordeaux, where his Latin tragedy Julius Caesar was staged with Michel de Montaigne in the main part, his student and one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Some time before 1552 he delivered a course of lectures at the College of Cardinal Lemoine in Paris, which drew a large audience,
Sarospatak Reformed College, founded in 1531, is one of the oldest Protestant educational establishments in the modern Christian world. In July 1990, after being a Communist state institution for forty years, it was finally restored to the Reformed Synod of Hungary. This was a very unique moment in the Hungarian national history, because this was never experienced so greatly before.