Local Heart, Global Soul

August 17, 2017

Erasmus, Child Of Gouda: Contemporary Reform…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Next to the “St Janskerk” (St John’s church) in Gouda is a tourist information board.

It is one of a series, all commemorating Gouda’s most famous son: Erasmus.

I see that similarly to the board of the same series that I found next to the “The Agnietenkapel” (Agnes Convent), the Dutch text in the white panel gives slightly more information than the English “translation” in the white panel.

I have therefore translated the Dutch text for you here.
Erasmus “Kind van Gouda” (Child of Gouda) Erasmus board No.3.”  “Desiderius Erasmus (ca. 1467-1536) spent a great deal of his youth in Gouda in late medieval Gouda. 

He developed into one of the most important writers and thinkers of his time and is one of the most well known Dutch people world wide.  In 1552 the St. Johns Church was struck by lightning and destroyed by fire. In the years afterwards the church was rebuilt and fitted with the world famous stained glass windows, designed amongst others by the glazier’s Dirck and Wouter Crabeth. The windows show images from the New Testament. They reflect the wish of Erasmus and other contemporary church reformers to make the Bible accessible to all. Not medieval interpretations, but clear stories. This new development was not immediately appreciated by everyone but was eventually accepted by King Philip II.”

We didn’t have the time to go inside St John’s Church during this visit. Instead, I photographed this board since it is part of a series and I hope to make a separate visit / or visits to detail the windows some time in the future. Little Mr has a detailed wish list of Lego pieces from his favourite Lego shop in Gouda, and a bank balance were he is carefully selecting and costing out every brick.  We have also found a disabled car parking space in the street directly alongside the church, (I have a Blue Card, disability permit), so this is somewhere I can come to more often with my wheelchair for a weekend day out whilst Little Mr is busy building at the “build’ table or deliberating over possible purchases in the Lego shop. Almost win-win, two of us get to follow our passions whilst poor Himself gets to play taxi driver to us both. Luckily his special days out will come along on other occasions.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Erasmus / Kind van Gouda (Child of Gouda) / Audio trail / Dutch language.

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