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Thomas à Kempis

(Thomas Hamerken [or Hemerken] von Kempen; other variants include Hamer, Hämerken, Hammerchen, Hämmerchen, Hämmerle, Hammerlein, Hämmerlein; Latinized: Malleolus [“Little Hammer”]; ca. 1379/80–1471). Ecclesiastic, mystic (see Mysticism); b. Kempen, former Prussian Rhine Province, near Cologne and Düsseldorf; educ. Deventer, Neth., by Brethren* of the Common Life; entered Mt. St. Agnes monastery, near Zwolle, Neth., 1399 and spent nearly all the rest of his life there; ordained 1413. See also Imitation of Christ.

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