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.
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