Marissa McKenzie


-Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1467?–1536) was the most famous and influential humanist of the Northern Renaissance. Erasmus was a native of the Netherlands, born at Rotterdam in the county of Holland on 27 October of some year in the late 1460s

- He was his generation's finest Latin stylist. Erasmus was also the first European intellectual to exploit fully the power of the printed word.

He was a leading writer on education, author of five influential treatises on humanist educational theory and even a greater number of widely used and often reprinted textbooks taught in humanistic schools throughout Europe, especially north of the Alps. The most complete edition of his collected works fills ten large folio volumes.

  • 1. What did Erasmus write about and why?  He edited the new testament, the past such as the greek new testament and the church fathers. He also wrote to educate others.
  • 2. How does Erasmus’s writing differ from medieval literature?  In medieval times, literature usually dealt with religious topics. While he wrote about the past and what happened then; not religion all the time.

-Erasmus was the first writer to edit the new testament. Due to this he was subjected to bitter, scurrilous attacks by traditionalist Catholics who did not take his criticism of Luther seriously and who accused him of opening the way to Luther's heresies; in the earliest period, some of these even publicly suspected that he was the real author of Luther's books.

-He faced almost equally vehement attacks by zealous Protestants who accused him of cowardice and refusal to endorse openly beliefs that he actually held and had taught to them.


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