A few days after my last PhD exams in Munich in 1991, I met Michael at the UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He had graciously supported my summer fellowship at the Center. In the six weeks I stayed there, Michael met me with dozens of scholars doing work in various Renaissance areas. I shall be grateful for his mentorship and the many conversations we had about our beloved Marsilio Ficino. Every lecture he ever delivered was artful and profound. He may be the only Englishman in history whose English made even the French to bow before such linguistic mastery.

Michael was always kind and generous. He will be missed by scholars worldwide.

My heartfelt condolences to Elena and the rest of his family.