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In praise of folly

Author: Desiderius Erasmus
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This sixteenth-century religious satire by a Renaissance critic and theologian is "a masterpiece of humor and wise irony" (Johan Huizinga, Dutch historian). At the onset of his hugely successful satire of medieval European society, Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus invokes the goddess Folly, daughter of Youth and Wealth, who was raised by Drunkenness and Ignorance. She's followed by idolatrous companions, including  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Desiderius Erasmus
ISBN: 9781504041225 1504041224
OCLC Number: 959593999
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Erasmus.

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This sixteenth-century religious satire by a Renaissance critic and theologian is "a masterpiece of humor and wise irony" (Johan Huizinga, Dutch historian). At the onset of his hugely successful satire of medieval European society, Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus invokes the goddess Folly, daughter of Youth and Wealth, who was raised by Drunkenness and Ignorance. She's followed by idolatrous companions, including Self-love, Flattery, Pleasure, and Laziness. Through Folly's wry and humorous speech, Erasmus denounces the superstitions and nonsensical eccentricities of his contemporary theologians and churchmen, monastic life, and the condition of the Catholic Church. An immensely influential humanist text, In Praise of Folly helped lay the groundwork for the Protestant Reformation and marked a transitional time between medieval beliefs and modern ideals.

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