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The Prince of the Humanists A writer scholar humanist and chief interpreter of intellectual currents to northern Europe this is what Desiderius Erasmus was known for being during the Italian Renisance He was born in Gouda Holland on Oct 27 in 1469 He was the illegitimate son of a priest and a physicians daughter He went to a strict monastic schools in Deventer and s-Hwetogenbosch After his fathers death he became an Augustinian canon member of the order in Steyn In 1492 he was ordained as a priest When working for the bishop of Cambrai he studied Scholastic Philosophy and Greek in Paris Erasmus found religious life distasteful and sought secular employment Later on he received a papal dispensation to live as a secular scholar Erasmus lived much of his life moving around as well as writing Starting in 1499 he began working as a tutor and lecturer He taught at Cambridge in 1511-1514 also visiting Oxford during that time He constantly wrote while searching for ancient manuscripts More than 1500 letters that he wrote have survived Some of these letters are to friends of his These friends were prominent figures of his time Some were John Colet founder of St Pauls School in London Thomas More author and Lord Chancellor of England Thomas Linacre founder of the Royal College of Physicians and William Grocyn lecturer in Greek at the University of Oxford Through these associations he helped establish humanism in England Erasmus died in 1536 at the age of 70 in Basel The writing of Erasmus were written in elegant Latin They showed extensive knowledge on the subject He also wrote with wit and tolerance Adagia written in 1500 established his scholarly reputation Most of Erasmuss early work attacked church practices and rationalist Scholasticism Manuella of the Cristen Knyght and his most famous work The Praise of Folie both advocate for a return to simple Christian ethics He also revised the New
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