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Ulrich von Hutten

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Ulrich von Hutten (April 21, 1488–Aug., 1523), German Humanist, patriot, Franconian knight, satirist, and contemporary of Rabelais and Paracelsus. He was best known for his ardent support of Luther’s Reformation. Hutten used his biting wit to attack the pretensions of the nobility, obscurantism, and especially the papacy, arousing great ire and many quarrels.

In his desire to free Germany from the tyranny of Rome, he joined Franz von Sickingen in the knight’s war of 1522. The attempt to fight the corrupt German princes failed, and he had to escape to Switzerland. Huldrych Zwingli, the leader of the Reformation movement, gave him refuge after he was refused help by his former friend, Erasmus. He died of syphilis at the age of forty one.



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