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Desiderius Erasmus, 1469 – 1536, was a key figure in the Renaissance and the Reformation, criticising the corruption of the Church and Pope of his time. A priest and scholar, the illegitimate son of a priest from Rotterdam, he translated the Greek New Testament into Latin. During a long visit to England where he met Thomas More, he lectured at Cambridge. Among his works was “In Praise of Folly,” an attack on superstition and the Church.