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The Complaint of Peace

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One of the most important figures of the 16th century, Desiderius Erasmus was a leading reformist and Renaissance humanist. Through his works and letters, Erasmus championed that true religion was a matter of inward devotion rather than outward symbols of ceremony and ritual, and sought to reform aspects of the Church from within. His works showed an astonishing intelligence, razor-sharp wit, and an authentic love for God and humanity. Soon after publication, his works were translated and read all over Europe.

Erasmus' personification of Peace is upset with the state of the world, and believes man would be better off paying more attention to it. "At the nativity of Christ did the angels sound the clarion of war?" Filled with Erasmus' customary wit, this volume is as pertinent today as it was when it was first written.

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  • This resource is written as if Peace is speaking in her own person
  • One of the key works that influenced the Reformation
Perhaps no man wielded a greater influence in the sixteenth century than Erasmus. Both in his relation to Protestantism and Romanism, Erasmus was an epoch-making personality. The modern age cannot be understood without a study of his writings and the tracing of his influence.

The Reformed Church Review

To read Erasmus is to grow in wisdom.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

An eloquent and sensible harangue against war.

Southern Review

  • Title: The Complaint of Peace
  • Author: Desiderius Erasmus
  • Translator: Thomas Paynell
  • Publisher: The Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 80

Desiderius Erasmus (1466–1536) was a priest, scholar, author, and translator known as a leading figure in the Renaissance humanist movement before and during the Reformation. In 1506 he graduated as Doctor of Divinity from Turin University, and later was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He then taught at Queens College, Cambridge for five years before becoming an independent scholar. Erasmus' works were very influential; his books were produced in many editions and translations and printed all through Europe during his lifetime.

Thomas Paynell (1528–1567) was an Austin friar and educated at the College of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford. He served as Chaplain to Henry VIII, and despite the religious upheaval of the times, remained in good favor with Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth—all of which he dedicated books to.