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see Groote, GerardGroote, Gerard or Geert
, 1340–84, Dutch Roman Catholic reformer. He studied at Paris and elsewhere and because of his learning in theology, philosophy, jurisprudence, and medicine, he was appointed professor at
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However, I did find an epistle addressed to the Laodiceans and bearing Paul's name in four different places: the first in Padua, in the monastery of Saint John de Viridario; the second in Cologne in the library of the Brethren of the Common Life, and two more in Paris, one in the library of the Augustinians and one at the Sorbonne.
Groote had also founded the Brethren of the Common Life, a lay congregation that was committed to education and living out the ideals of devotio moderna.
Just as the Brethren of the Common Life adopted the gospel for moral purposes, so did the humanists use ancient authors and the church fathers for moral-pedagogical means.
The former was a contemporary of Erasmus and taught at Deventer in the school of the Brethren of the Common Life. He was not an inconsiderable figure in his circle even though we have little information about him.
The diary of Thomas a Kempis, a member of the Brethren of the Common Life in the Netherlands in the late 1300s, has become treasured as The Imitation of Christ.
In so doing, she offers one of the best concise overviews of the libertines to date, considering not only Calvin's reaction to them but also their affinities with the earlier "Heresy of the Free Spirit" and the Brethren of the Common Life. She shows how the libertine's spiritualism differs from that of Ficino and the Florentine neo-Platonists, another group whom Marguerite favored and whose writings were influential at the French court in the 1540s.
A similar intent informs his work on Saint Jerome, whom the Brethren of the Common Life revered as their patron.