Desiderius Erasmus: Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae [The Praise of Folly]

(1329 words)

Desiderius Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly [translation of the original Neolatin title Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae, 1511] is one of the most enduring works of the Northern Renaissance. A product of the humanist revival of ancient letters, it contributed a delightful piece to the literary fashion of Narrenliteratur (fool’s literature, especially since Sebastian Brant, Das Narrenschiff [The Ship of Fools, 1494]), sounded a clarion call for significant changes in church and society on the eve of the Reformation, and provides valuable insights into the author’s character and the society of the period. …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2007
[, accessed 07 July 2015.]