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Louis de Berquin

Louis de Berquin (c. 1490 – April 16, 1529) was a French lawyer, civil servant, linguist and reformer in the 16th century.

Life and work

He was born of noble family around 1490 in Vieux-Berquin. He desired to free France from the power of the pope. He accused the divinity professors of Sorbonne of heresy and was burned at the stake[1] on April 16, 1529.[2] All his original works are lost, only a few of his Erasmus translations remain.[1]

"Louis de Berquin was of noble birth. A brave and courtly knight, he was devoted to study, polished in manners, and of blameless morals. 'He was,' says a writer, 'a great follower of the papistical constitutions, and a great hearer of masses and sermons;... and he crowned all his other virtues by holding Lutheranism in special abhorrence.' But, like so many others, providentially guided to the Bible, he was amazed to find there 'not the doctrines of Rome, but the doctrines of Luther.' -Wylie, b. 13, ch 9. Henceforth he gave himself with entire devotion to the cause of the gospel." (White, Ellen G. "The French Reformation", In The Great Controversy, 215.3. Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1911.)

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