By Desiderius Erasmus, Beatus Rhenanus, John C. Olin
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He was poor, unsettled, fearful of the plague, obsessed with the need to master Greek. He moved about considerably. He was in Orleans for part of 1500, and in the following spring he left Paris for the Low Countries. He again visited his native Holland and then stayed for a while at the castle of Tournehem in Artois, which belonged to Anne of Veere, a temporary patroness; at nearby St. Omer; and finally at Louvain. But though his movements were somewhat erratic, his scholarly aims were fixed. He was determined to learn Greek, and he had set himself the ambitious task of emending the corrupt text of Saint Jerome and of restoring true theology.
The year 1466 is most probable, although 1467 and 1469 are strong contenders. He was christened Erasmus, which he later expanded into the more elegant Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, or Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. The brief autobiography speaks of large families on his mother's and especially his father's side, yet no relatives or their descendants Page 2 ever appear in Erasmus' story. In view of his later renown, that feature is surprising. The education that helped form a famous author or scholar or thinker is always important to a biographer, and in Erasmus' case much is made of an influence that soon bore upon him.
They cover the years 1515 to 1523, the decisive years in the great Reformation crisis, and they accurately reveal, I believe, Erasmus' response to the problem of reform and within that context to the widespread controversy that so rapidly and dramatically developed. This is not the whole story of Page viii Erasmus, but it is the heart of his story and the most essential part; not only is it important in terms of Reformation history, but it has a deeper and more enduring relevance. Erasmus had a message for his own times, but his Christian humanism and idealism also speak to ours.