FC: Life Of a Renaissance Man
1: By Juan Rico
3: Once upon a time in a town called Rotterdam, a baby boy by the name of Gerrit Gerritzoon was born.
5: His mommy and daddy passed away when he was very young. They died of the Bubonic Plague, But he was left with the best education he could get.
7: He was taught at monasteries by Christian monks.This is where his love for God grew.
8: Gerrit changed his name to Desiderius Erasmus. He named it after a saint of that name. He used Latin to make his first name.
10: He spent most of his childhood in Gouda, Holland. He studied in a monastery near by.
13: Because he was very poor, Erasmus went to live in a monastery. He became a priest at the age of 25.
15: He left the monastery when he was offered a job as the secretary for the Bishop of Cambray. Pope Leo X gave him a permanent leave from his monastic vows.
16: While working with the Bishop of Cambray, he was allowed to study at the University of Paris.
18: Erasmus' activities were mostly in Paris, Basel, and England. He never stayed in one place for the most part of his life.
21: While he was in England Erasmus met many new friends. Some of them were Thomas More and John Colet.
23: John Colet Inspired Erasmus to learn Greek biblical texts. He worked very hard and he learned Greek in 3 years.
25: After mastering Latin, Erasmus felt safe to express himself in literature and religion. This led to his fans throughout Europe.
27: Now that he knew Greek and Latin, Erasmus began to work on one of his most important achievements. He created a new Latin translation of the New Testament.
28: A monk by the name of Martin Luther asked Erasmus to join his Lutheran party. He believed that Erasmus would be able to help him and his reform.
30: Erasmus declined Luther's invitation because he still wanted to be part of the Catholic religion.
32: Erasmus wrote another important piece of writing. This is where he discussed free will. He also wrote The Praise of Folly. He poked fun at the lives of the people of the time. He also directed some at the Catholic Church's traditions.
34: Desiderius Erasmus did more for the revival of learning during the Renaissance than any other single person.