How did the northern Renaissance differ from the Italian Renaissance?

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It is important to acknowledge Humanists who were not only of Italian origin. There was, for example, Desiderius Erasmus, who was the greatest scholar of the Northern Renaissance, as well as the French humorist Rabelais, and the English philosopher and theologian Thomas More. Given these examples, I am skeptical of the notion that Northerners were less well-read than Southerners.

I would agree, however, with the previous educator's assertion that the North had a more critical view of the Catholic Church. Therefore, in response to your question, I would say that the Northern Renaissance differed from the Italian Renaissance in terms of its...

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