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.
The Desiderius Erasmus Collection (17 vols.) contains all of Erasmus' major works and more. In Praise of Folly, one of Erasmus' best-known books, is considered one of the most notable works of the Renaissance humanists. Against War and The Complaint of Peace still hold their own as some of the best Christian anti-violence literature written. The Colloquies of Erasmus is satire at its finest—funny, inspiring, rich with knowledge, poignant, captivating, and entertaining. And Francis Morgan Nichols' 3-volume anthology of Erasmus' letters show the depth and compassion of a man who's influence would change the world forever.
The Desiderius Erasmus Collection (17 vols.) also includes Erasmus' Proverbs Chiefly Taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, and Education of a Christian Prince, considered by many to be the antitheses to Machiavelli’s The Prince.
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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
Clearly the greatest and most prolific letter writer of his age, and arguably the finest epistolary artist of all time, Erasmus was master of the verbal craft. A master of humor, overstatement, invective, persuasion, comfort and praise, Erasmus was a virtuoso of the phrase well turned and of the argument well honed. He knew that the pen was mightier than the sword. Indeed, in his hand the pen was a sword—as well as a bludgeon and a warm embrace.
—Michael Bauman, Hillsdale College
To read Erasmus is to grow in wisdom.
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
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.