The author has based his theory on a reference to a certain Jan van Wesele who died in 1594 and who may have worked at the royal court, which leads the “researcher” to the supposition that Jan van Wesele and Andreas Vesalius are one and the same. He even suggests that Vesalius followed Charles V to Tunis (1535) and Marseille (1536), forgetting that V only entered the court 10 years later. From other publications we already knew that Jan van Wesele was a common name in at least three families that are not related to V. The two historic sources the author claims to have discovered … on the Internet, are well known letters to Granvelle (of which the originals are kept in Besançon), only mentioning V’s death and the pension of his widow.
The serious medical journal comments that this theory is adding to the mystery surrounding V’s death. To magnify this, the high brow journal Artsenkrant names the author of this theory: Jozef Verheyden, and a bit further names him as Jozef Verlinden. Who is who, I wonder? And the austere Knack illustrates its article with a portrait of the German Lawyer Melchior von Brauweiler. How mysterious is that?
In a reaction to the medical journal, I unveil the secret, without irony of course, that a certain Jan Vesalius immigrated to the United States. Indeed, last year I received a mail of a certain S.J. Vescelus, who introduced himself as “a direct descendant of Dr. Vesalius”, and I quote: “He was either my Great plus Grandfather or my Great plus Uncle. I have traced my lineage past Dr. George Andrew Vieselius who came to America about 1740, son of Johann (=JAN) C. Vieselius.” Tell me, is this news, or isn’t it?