Desiderius Erasmus

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Noun1.Desiderius Erasmus - Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern EuropeDesiderius Erasmus - Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
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1466: Birth of Dutch scholar and humanist Desiderius Erasmus: Born Gerrit Gerritszoon into poverty in Rotterdam, Erasmus rose to become one of the greatest thinkers of his time.