New evidence on Erasmus' youth

Koen Goudriaan*

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A series of accounts in the archive of St Saviour's Collegiate Church in Utrecht, kept in the Utrecht Record Office, contains information on Gerardus Helye, Erasmus' father, showing that he functioned as vice-pastor in the small town of Woerden from 1471 onwards and then from 1476 onwards fulfilled this same function for a couple of years in Gouda. This article presents and analyses these new data and considers their implications for the reconstruction of Erasmus' early life until his departure from Steyn monastery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-216
Number of pages33
JournalErasmus Studies
Issue number2
Early online date6 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


  • Desiderius Erasmus
  • Gouda
  • Humanism
  • Renaissance
  • Stein monastery


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