(14881523). Humanist; b. Steckelberg Castle, near Fulda, Franconia, Ger.; studied at Benedictine monastery at Fulda and various univs. in Ger. and It.; joined imperial army 1513; joined Swabian League against duke Ulrich of Württemberg 1519; joined F. v. Sickingen* in struggle of nobles against spiritual principalities 1522; fled to Switz., where H. Zwingli* befriended him. Satirist; wrote part of Letters* of Obscure Men; vigorously defended M. Luther*; writings appealed to sympathies and patriotism of nobility; had dispute with D. Erasmus*; ed. L. Valla's* work on Donation* of Constantine.
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