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Erasmus walk

16-02-2014, 1:14 pm

During this themed walk, you will follow in the footsteps of Erasmus in Gouda. It is surprising how many reminders of him from between the 15th and the 21st century remain in Gouda.

“Erasmus, child of  Gouda”. So is the great humanist affectionately named in our town. And he was in reality a child of Gouda because his roots are here. Unfortunately for him, he was an illegitimate child and that affected his whole life.

In his childhood in Gouda, Erasmus went by the down-to-earth name of  Geert Geerts. Later he left Gouda and lived as an internationally respected scholar. Then he changed his name to Desiderius Erasmus, by which he is better known. He also added Roterodamus ( from Rotterdam ) to his name. Did he have a special motive for doing that?

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