Keck, Johannes [Keckius]
- Gordon A. Anderson
(b Giengen an der Brenz, c1400; d Rome, June 29, 1450). German theologian and writer. He studied theology, philosophy and the liberal arts at the University of Vienna from 1422 to 1429, and as a Master of Arts lectured there in mathematics, philosophy and theory from 1429 to 1431. In 1434 he was at Munich, where he held a benefice at the Peterskirche, and in 1441 he studied at Basle, gaining a doctorate in theology. Here he taught for about a year and took part in the reform Council of Basle. In 1442 he joined the Benedictine Order at Tegernsee, a monastery well known at that time for its practice of the arts and sciences; there in that year Keck wrote his treatise Introductorium musicae (GerbertS, iii, 319–29), describing himself as professor of the arts and sacred theology. In 1450 he undertook a penitential pilgrimage to Rome, but died of the plague soon after his arrival....