Anonymous, 17th C.: Thomas à Kempis. He belonged to the Brothers of the Common Life in Zwolle, the Netherlands; they cultivated a practical spirituality focused on the inner life and the practice of virtues. They supported themselves by teaching and copying manuscripts. Out of this context rose “The Imitation of Christ,” which he composed or compiled, which has been translated into more languages than any book but the Bible. (Stedelijk Museum, Zwolle)

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