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Valla, Lorenzo

(Laurentius Vallensis; Lorenzo della Valle; ca. 1406/07–57). Humanist; b. Rome, It.; taught rhetoric at Pavia; secy. and hist. to king of Naples 1435–48; papal secy. 1448. Showed the Donation* of Constantine to be a forgery; ridiculed the Lat. of the Vulgate; denied apostolic origin of Apostles' Creed and genuineness of correspondence bet. Jesus and Abgar.*

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