Desiderius Erasmus

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Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
This Dutch humanist was one of the giants of Renaissance scholarly thought. A widely traveled man, Erasmus taught in most of the important educational centers of Europe, including Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, and Basel. Though he had been ordained a priest in 1492, Erasmus developed into an important critic of the Catholic Church. While some of his work was seen as important for the grow of the Reform Church, he later became a critic of the Reformation and Martin Luther. His acclaimed works include Adagia, Handbook of a Christian Soldier, and In Praise of Folly.