Bernadette Preben-Hansen




Copenhagen, Denmark


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Qui ne sait se borner ne sut jamais écrire. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art poétique 1674



Scientia est nobilis animi possessio, quae distributa recipit incrementum et avarum dedignatur possessorem. Nisi enim publicetur et multiplicetur, elabitur.

Johannes Dacus, Divisio Scientiarum c. 1280




"Nam etiam illa barbaria, quae trans oceanum habitat, in illam <dialecticam> impetum fecit. At quae gentes, dii boni? Quorum etiam nomina perhorresco: Farabrich <Richard Ferrybridge †after 1367>, Buser <William Buser of Heusden †after 1413>, Occam <William Ockham †1347>, Suisset <Roger Swineshead †1365?>, aliique eiusmodi, qui omnes mihi videntur a rhadamantis cohorte traxisse cognomina. Et quid est (...) inquam, in dialectica quod non britannicis sophismatibus conturbatum sit?" Leonardo Bruni. Ad Petrum Paulum Histrum dialogus. In: Prosatori latini del Quattrocento. Milano 1952, 58-60. So, why did Bruni complain so much over Ferrybridge?

Bernadette Preben-Hansen

Birth name: Elisa Bernadette Preben-Hansen

Copenhagen, Denmark





Philologist (Latin), Danish, born 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Educated at the University of Copenhagen (The Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology / Institute of Greek and Latin, MA 1994). Studies at Groningen University, COMERS, the Netherlands, as PhD fellow (student) 1999-2001: John Buridan †1360 and Buridanism at the Central European Universities 1350-1420


I have been working on sophismata and on selected commentaries on Aristotle's Physics. Currently (2017), I am carrying out the substantial updating of the E. P. Bos / L. M. de Rijk Database. Leiden: Medieval Logical Manuscripts (around 10.000 entries). My travels in Europe (my conferences, my research libraries, our manuscripts mostly medieval Latin logic, my symposia) ...




Filolog, født 1967 (Charlottenlund). Kandidat i latinsk middelalderfilologi fra Københavns Universitet 1994. Ph.d. stipendiat i skolastik ved Groningen Universitet, Nederlandene 1999-2001. Universitetsstudier i primært historie: Tysklands, Ruslands, Sovjetunionens, Polens og Baltikums historie 2004-2016, politik og militærhistorie, historisk kildekritik og palæografi, den latinske katolske og den russiske ortodokse kirkehistorie, reformations- og oplysningstidshistorie i Europa, Københavns Universitets historie, filosofihistorie i skolastik og oplysningstid, samt nederlandsk grammatik og sprogfærdighed. Har på dansk publiceret om dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland og Sibirien 1917-1920. The Danish Aid to POWs in Soviet Russia and Siberia 1917-1920. Interested in Philosophy and in the History of Learning. My cultural background: French Dominicans, German Jesuits, tsar-Russia (Kurgan, Petersburg, Rybinsk) until 1918/Riga in the 1920s, 1930s, i. e. Die Welt von Gestern




And writing on the manuscripts:

a. Dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland 1917-20 (160 pages, publication: 2017), The Danish Aid to POWs in Soviet Russia and Siberia 1917-1920

b. Harald Scavenius: en dansk diplomat i Europa (100 pages), Harald Scavenius: a Danish Diplomat in Europe (publication: 2018)

c. The Heritage of John Buridan (defence: 2019)

d. Medieval Logic: Oxford and Paris


Spoken languages: Danish (native), English (fluent), Dutch/Nederlands (good), German (all right)

Reading: the spoken languages, Latin, French and Italian


Knowledge of: Ancient Greek, Bible Hebrew, Russian, Latin Palaeography (13C and 14C philosophical manuscripts), History of Medieval Philosophy, 20th Century European History: Germany, Russia/USSR, Poland and the Baltics

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Sea around Denmark









THE SAXO LIBRAY Greek and Latin - sine qua non!


"Science, scholarship and books go together. Without books no science or scholarship" Sten Ebbesen. The Danes, science, scholarship, and books in the Middle Ages. Living Words and Luminous Pictures: Medieval book culture in Denmark (ed. Erik Petersen). Copenhagen 1999 (87-7023-396-9), 119


"The work on this book has been performed in the Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology under the University of Copenhagen. Had I not got the chance to work there, I could never have written it" (Niels Jørgen Green-Pedersen). The Tradition of the Topics in the Middle Ages, The Commentaries on Aristotle’s and Boethius’ Topics. München 1984 (3-88 405-046-X), 9

Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, b. 1967, contra Dorrit Wivel 1999): 2011-2405-7510, 2010-5151-7011 / February 17, 2011 (my library-permission confirmed by the Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark)/ 2010-0681-7012, 2008-2217-701, 2007-2118-701, 2006-2287-712, 2006-2023-712, 2005-1794-712, 2004-2695-712; Danish University and Property Agency: 06-010590; Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation: 42 137; Danish Ministry of Education 2000-2726-276 (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, contra Dorrit Wivel 1999). University of Copenhagen, Personale og Jura: 715-861-3/99 (Dorrit Wivel). Faculty of Humanities: 605-0019/11-4550, 605-0017/11-4550, 605-0001/06-7710, 605-0001/06-4550, 401-221-149/97-4261 (Sten Ebbesen, b. 1946) Aristotle's Rhetoric in Latin Scholasticism 1990-1993


Disciplinary measures towards students at the University of Copenhagen 1994-1999 (initiated by Sten Ebbesen, on behalf of Hannah Krogh Hansen SIC! Engagement & cohabitation: 1989-1991. Taking no responsibility, neither in private nor at the University of Copenhagen, Sten Ebbesen refused every communication 1993)


My opponents: [cohabitation with Marie Delgado Ebbesen b. 1972; the address, Skolevej 20, DK-2820 Gentofte, a childhood home for three children and the address of the former wife, was a social impossibility, shortly after her parents’ divorce, having nothing to do with the undergraduate student of the University of Copenhagen],

Hannah Krogh Hansen (the former Department secretary, strongly opposing our engagement and my person, 1990s, 2011), Kirsten Stenbjerre, Dorrit Wivel ("the copy-paster" 1999: mentioning no source, Dorrit Wivel copy-pasted word to word sentences, authored by Sten Ebbesen; he is declared legally disqualified 1994, due to a former familiar relation 1989-1991); however, Wivel declared these sentences for so-called facts. In 2001, the student could document one sentence as obviously false (untrue): The Microfilm-Collection of Latin Scholastic Manuscripts 2001 1997-1998



ALL DOCUMENTS 1994-1999, 2000-2017 ARE PUBLIC

Aktindsigt: umiddelbar tilgængelighed (cf. Bernadette Preben-Hansen)

My PhD and my D.Phil. cannot be defended at the University of Copenhagen (due to Sten Ebbesen & Dorrit Wivel, 25-6-1999)

Photo: Skolevej 20, DK-2820 Gentofte. August 1991 (spontaneously initiative by Sten Ebbesen, 15-12-1989, engagement 14-3-1991, with permanent consequences at the University of Copenhagen (1994-1999, 2000-2017) for the one of these two persons, due to Hannah Krogh Hansen (jealousy, the Department secretary and Sten Ebbesen's secretary), Kirsten Stenbjerre & Dorrit Wivel

Relevant Literature: Ludvig Holberg MELAMPE (1725)




The professor (Sten Ebbesen) and his undergraduate student (Bernadette Preben-Hansen) at the University of Copenhagen


OR: two persons once in love


OR: initiative by the professor,

15-12-1989, at the University of Copenhagen (spontaneously, transboundary, unwished). I was a lonely student, and the only female undergraduate student at our institute. However, we fell in love


Engagement: 14-3-1991 (cohabitation with Marie Delgado Ebbesen, b. 1972.

The talkative teenager disliked my person. I was - by Sten Ebbesen - invited into the childhood-home of three children, unannounced visited by the former wife 1970-1990, and unwelcomed by his family (of course). This was a humiliation of Anni Aggernæs, b. 1950, and of me being unprepared and occupied with my studies, preparing my life in research)


OR: the university-case (by Sten Ebbesen, on behalf of Hannah Krogh Hansen) 1994-1999. Hannah Krogh Hansen declared me persona non-grata, Sten Ebbesen turned against me 1993, he refused every communication


OR: the library-case (my case): 2000-2017 (on my access to exams, scientific defences at the University of Copenhagen and my working access to our SAXO library 1993-2017)


1993, Sten Ebbesen refused me working access to our SAXO library


2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me personal permission to consult our SAXO Library, Greek and Latin - at the Royal Library of Copenhagen


2011, the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed my library- and microfilm permission


2015, the University of Copenhagen - finally - effectuated my library permission. However, Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me working access to our microfilm-collection (Hanne Møller, 2015)


The professor took no responsibility, neither in private nor at the University of Copenhagen - on the contrary (Hannah Krogh Hansen, Kirsten Stenbjerre, Dorrit Wivel). The non-intellectual Department secretary was aiming deliberately to destroy our engagement, 14-3-1991, due to unequal status at the University of Copenhagen, since he was the Director and I was the undergraduate student. She was later openly harassing me at our institute and spreading rumours at the Faculty, 1990s, 2000s, 2011 (documentation at the Faculty). As a member of the Council of the Faculty with the Dean and Kirsten Stenbjerre, she was very powerful



In Denmark, one candidate degree is allowed, only, so I have been the student at the University of Copenhagen with no exams during the 2000s, 2010s. Instead, I am working to publish ... I hope to be able to publish my PhD as articles