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Groote, Geert
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(Gerardus Magnus; Oct, 1340, Deventer, The Netherlands – Aug 20,1384, Deventer) was the founder of the Devotio moderna . From an affluent patrician family, Groote became a canon in Aachen (1368) and in Utrecht (1371) after extended and wideranging studies (beginning in 1355, primarily in Paris). Under the influence of Henry of Kalkar, he converted in 1373, which initially took the form of turning away from secular sciences and lifestyle and turning to the duties of his church position. In 1374, Groote made his parental house availa…

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Zschoch, Hellmut, “Groote, Geert”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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