Jacob Chimarrhaeus
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Jacob Chimarrhaeus
Portrait of Jacob Chimarrhaeus (1601), engraved by Aegidius Sadeler

Jacob Chimarrhaeus (1542-1614) was grand almoner to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II.


Chimarrhaeus was a native of Roermond in the duchy of Guelders who became a singer in the court chapel of Rudolph II and was promoted first to chaplain and later to almoner.[1] He was also made a Knight of the Golden Spur and a palatine count of the Holy Roman Empire, and became provost of the Church of St Severin in Cologne. He died in Prague in 1614 but is commemorated in Cologne with a marble and alabaster monument in St Severin carved by Johann in der Müllen.[2]


  1. ^ Robert Lindell, "Music and Patronage at the Court of Rudolf II", in Music in the German Renaissance: Sources, Styles, and Contexts, ed. John Kmetz (Cambridge University Press, 2006), p. 261.
  2. ^ Epitaph für Jacob Chimarrhaeus, Förderverein Romanische Kirchen Köln. Accessed 9 December 2016.

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