Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne, was born in 1533, the son and heir of Pierre, Seigneur de Montaigne (two previous children dying soon after birth). He was brought up to speak Latin as his mother tongue and always retained a Latin turn of mind; though he knew Greek, he preferred to use translations. After studying law he eventually became counselor to the Parlement of Bordeaux. He married in 1565. In 1569 he published his French version of the Natural Theology of Raymond Sebond; his Apology is only partly a defense of Sebond and sets skeptical limits to human reasoning about God, man and nature. He retired in 1571 to his lands at Montaigne, devoting himself to reading and reflection and to composing his Essays (first version, 1580). He loathed the fanaticism and cruelties of the religious wars of the period, but sided with Catholic orthodoxy and legitimate monarchy. He was twice elected Mayor of Bordeaux (1581 and 1583), a post he held for four years. He died at Montaigne (1592) while preparing the final, and richest, edition of his Essays.
Montaigne's "he who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears." Has become one of my personal mottos. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Bernardo A A Gradin
I was very frustrated to realize that this version is missing many essays. Part One for example consists of 57 essays, this version provides 14. Read morePublished 5 months ago by faye jacob
The book arrived promptly in excellent condition. It is a pleasure to stretch out the book, reading essays periodically. I couldn't be happier. Thank you.Published 13 months ago by Trek On
This is the version of Cotton translation, not Cohen.
Not bad, but easier to Read the recent Cohen version from Penguine.
A foundation work for western culture.
Mature thoughts on living that have been admired by our greatest authors. Read more
To be honest I haven't read this yet, got another murder mystery that I'm working on first. A friend recommended this so I look forward to reading it soon.Published on June 17, 2013 by marilyn Glaser