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Erasmus and the Age of Reformation Paperback – October 13, 2011
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Huizinga had shaken the European and American historical and religious establishments with the publication of his most famous work, "The Waning of the Middle Ages," in 1919. In that work Huizinga introduced a novel gestalt for interpreting the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, upsetting historians of his day who still clung to the traditional strictures of epochs, and Churchmen, notably Catholic, for his candor in debunking ecclesiastical mythology of that era. ["The Waning" was actually placed on the Index of Forbidden Books for a time.] Clark argues that the Erasmus text is a companion piece to "The Waning," a useful point to remember in assessing this biography.
For all the energy generated by their respective forces, neither the Renaissance nor the Reformation was particularly rich in seminal philosophical inquiry. In fact, the sixteenth century was in many respects quite conservative, with its veneration of Classical thought, Aristotelian scientific method, and religious interest in primary sources. Erasmus's lifespan, 1466-1536, was an age of application, where orthopraxis was making a run at orthodoxy. Erasmus has always enjoyed reputation as the consummate "Renaissance Man," literary giant, man of letters, humane reformer, diplomat.Read more ›
In this book, Huizinga writes about Erasmus, a man who is arguably one of the great thinkers of the 16th century. I did not know a lot about Erasmus before I read this book, but now feel like I have a much greater understanding about the man, his ideas, and the era in which he lived.
A word of warning about this book - it helps if you have a pretty good understanding of 16th century European history. If you are a novice, like me, you may struggle through some sections. It is well worth the effort though, in the end.
The best thing about Huizinga's book is that you get more than just the history of Erasmus. The author includes a lot of analysis and his perspective into Erasmus' life, which are fascinating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with 16th century European history, and wants to learn more about Erasmus. If you are new to this era of history, or do not know much about Erasmus, I would consider reading a more general history before making your way through this book.
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I must apologize for the second star. This biography catches little of the spirit of the times nor the brilliance of Erasmus.Published 11 months ago by Ronald D. Steele
This book is ok. I just have not spent mush time reading, He translated Greek to Latin of the New Testament.Published 14 months ago by Leslie B. Pruitt
Having been engrossed in English Medieval and post medieval history recently I wanted to learn more about Erasmus and his influence. This is a good introduction. Read morePublished 21 months ago by D. J. Leedham
My impression seems on line with those of most others who reviewed this book. I should point out that it would be very difficult to read this book for someone who is not interested... Read morePublished 21 months ago by David H. Eisenberg
My husband really enjoyed Erasmus. Me not so much. The product is great; service was great. Book was a bit much for me, but I am not into that age or philosophy. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Himbertoni
Superficial analysis of Erasmus' life and thought. In particular, the discussion of the content and significance of his writings is superficial and not very useful.Published on June 11, 2013 by David P. Putney
This book by one of the best Dutch historians (author of 'The Waning of The Middle Ages') about one of the greatest Dutch philosophers (author of 'The Praise of Folly') is a nice... Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Mei
I think this is a good book. I wanted to know more about Erasmus, and now I do. This book was referred to in another book I read Christianity: The First Three Thousand Yearsso I... Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Absolut_Me