Nider. John Nider, O.P., was born 1380 in Swabia; and died at
Colmar, 13 August, 1438. He gained a wide reputation as a preacher and was
active at the Council of Constance. An advocate of the strictest reforms,
he became eminent in the annals of his Order by his energy and example. The
most important among his many works is the Formicarius, a
treatise upon the theological, philosophical, and socal questions of the
day. A complete edition was published at Douai, 5 vols., 1602. The tractate
De Maleficus has often been printed separately.