The Praise Of Folly

The Praise Of Folly

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by Desiderius Erasmus
     
 

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The second illegitimate son of a priest and of a doctor's daughter, Erasmus was born in Rotterdam around 1467. His parents died while he was young, and he had little choice but to join a monastery, where ultimately his literary talent was revealed. His first trip to England was momentous: he met several leading scholars and churchmen,…  See more details below

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About the Author:
The second illegitimate son of a priest and of a doctor's daughter, Erasmus was born in Rotterdam around 1467. His parents died while he was young, and he had little choice but to join a monastery, where ultimately his literary talent was revealed. His first trip to England was momentous: he met several leading scholars and churchmen, notably the theologians John Colet and Thomas More, who became his life-long friends and who influenced his work.

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ISBN-13:
9781406851793
Publisher:
Echo Library
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
0.15(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Praise of Folly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is surely Erasmus' greatest work. It is funny and still incredibly relevant today. This new translation really does it justice. A recommended read to anyone one with an interest in theology or the Renaissance.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
In this brilliant satirical work, Folly gives a speech in praise of herself. the first 80% or so has a very ironic tone as Folly "praises" ignorance, various vices, and various classes of people whom she claims as her followers (most notably, the Roman Catholic traditions, superstitions, clergy, and theologians of Erasmus' day). The final portion is in a more serious tone as Folly genuinely praises "the folly of the cross" (I Corinthians 1:18) and the accessibility of true faith to even the simplest of people (I Corinthians 1:6). The sarcasm was entertaining and thought-provoking, and the final section on the foolishness of the cross was a good reminder of the true simplicity of the Gospel. Even though I would disagree with Erasmus on plenty of theological & sociological points, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just a word of warning: don't try reading this without footnotes unless you are really up on your Greek/Roman mythology and philosophy and Renaissance theology.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is such a great social comm. of the time period. how he descibes the Catholic Church just makes you so drawn into the book. its is a fun read, as well as something your brain can chew on