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Thomas a Kempis

Born: 1380 AD
Died: 1471 AD

1380 – Thomas a Kempis, born in Kempen, Germany. He was a Renaissance Roman Catholic monk and author of Imitation of Christ, one of the best known Christian books on devotion.

1392 – Reached Deventer when he was barely twelve years old, was taught by a dame the beginnings of his learning, and in a few months to his great joy entered the classes of Florentius Radewyn.

1395 – He was sent to the school at Deventer conducted by the Brethren of the Common Life.

1407 – He professed the vows.

1413 – Received priest’s orders.

1425 – Became sub-prior.

1471 – Died on the 8th of August, being ninety-one years old.