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. Disillusioned at the …

Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2007
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