In Praise of Folly, With Authors Epistle To Sir Thomas More and Illustrated With Many Curious Cuts [Illustrated] [Annotated] Desiderius Erasmus

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In Praise of Folly, With Authors Epistle To Sir Thomas More and Illustrated With Many Curious Cuts [Illustrated] [Annotated] by Desiderius Erasmus
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In Praise of Folly is an essay written in 1509 by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in 1511. The essay was inspired by De Triumpho Stultitiae, written by Italian humanist Faustino Perisauli, born at Tredozio, near Forlì.ErasmusMoreIn Praise of Folly is an essay written in 1509 by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in 1511.

The essay was inspired by De Triumpho Stultitiae, written by Italian humanist Faustino Perisauli, born at Tredozio, near Forlì.Erasmus revised and extended the work, which he originally wrote in the space of a week while sojourning with Sir Thomas More at Mores estate in Bucklersbury. In Praise of Folly is considered one of the most notable works of the Renaissance and one of the catalysts of the Protestant Reformation.It starts off with a satirical learned encomium after the manner of the Greek satirist Lucian, whose work Erasmus and Sir Thomas More had recently translated into Latin, a piece of virtuoso foolery- it then takes a darker tone in a series of orations, as Folly praises self-deception and madness and moves to a satirical examination of pious but superstitious abuses of Catholic doctrine and corrupt practices in parts of the Roman Catholic Church—to which Erasmus was ever faithful—and the folly of pedants (including Erasmus himself).

Erasmus had recently returned disappointed from Rome, where he had turned down offers of advancement in the curia, and Folly increasingly takes on Erasmus own chastising voice. The essay ends with a straightforward statement of Christian ideals.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and a theologian.Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a pure Latin style and enjoyed the sobriquet Prince of the Humanists.

He has been called the crowning glory of the Christian humanists. Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament. These raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation.



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