Germany, biographical lexicon, encyclopedia, lexicography
Those who appear obvious to us as “major players” in past eras may in part result from an unintended consequence of the work of early modern biographical lexicographers. By the eighteenth century, there were enough printed sources and available archival materials to deluge or even overwhelm historians and biographers with information about past actors of sixteenth century history. Those biographical lexicographers made choices about whom to give prominence and whom to minimize or ignore in their works.
Cole, Richard G.
"Alphabetical Lives: Early Modern German Biographical Lexicons and Encyclopedias,"
Quidditas: Vol. 29
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol29/iss1/8