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August 26, 2017

Deaths, Greed And Consequences…

Filed under: GOUDA,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Next to the Lazarus Gate of yesterdays post I found another tourist information board from the “Erasmus, Child of Gouda” series. This one tells us:

Erasmus “Kind van Gouda” (Child of Gouda) Erasmus board No.4.”  “Desiderius Erasmus (ca. 1467-1536) thew great sixteenth century thinker and writer spent a great deal of his youth in Gouda in late medieval Gouda. 

The Catherine Hospice, now Museum Gouda, was the only hospital in town during the middle ages.

The plague made many victims, also in Gouda. Catherina, Erasmus’ mother, succumbed to the plague during her stay in Deventer, where Erasmus and his Pieter were studying.

Subsequently, both brothers returned to Gouda to be with their father, who passed away soon after.

The three appointed guardians seemed to be more interested in the family fortune than in the care of the two boys. Under protest Erasmus eventually entered the monastery of Stein.” Sadly I have heard more stories about the greed of families and the fall-out of them when people pass away. It seems that it’s a nasty trait of humanity that has probably been around as long as human beings have been.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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