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Erasmus and the Age of Reformation with a Selection from the Letters

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Published March 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1924)
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I believe the original title was simply Erasmus of Rotterdam, which gives a better sense of the contents. This is a straightforward biography without much historical context. To me that's a shame; I would have loved to have a book that functioned as a sequel to The Autumn of the Middle Ages. I don't feel like this measures up to Huizinga's other well-known work, but it's a satisfying and somewhat informative read on its own merits.

I appreciated the inclusion of selected letters by Erasmus. He's
It describes Erasmus as a christian man in a changing world. Interesting to read, since the popular philosophy does not hightlight this part of his life. He cannot be compared with the humanist we actually know in the western world. Erasmus had still a very close connection with the church and his people, but he tried to find a way in his changing thoughts about faith and religion. A must read for those who want to bring religion across the borders of dogmatic systems.
I remember as a young boy reading about Erasmus in a high school history class. It was the word humanist that impressed me so much about him. It seemed to me to be something worthy of being. As I grew older, I expanded that to consider myself a "universalist." I wanted to include all other life and then even non-living things. Reading about Erasmus it was not quite the same thing as what I believe, but it certainly was a start to a better world.
This book gets a bad rap as being boring, but I think Huizinga does well to show us how Erasmus presaged the Reformation and gives us a nice social history of the age he lived in. Get it from Gutenberg.
Erasmus' life is a lesson in how God can use an unlikely (unlikeable) person to further the Kingdom.
Persephone Abbott
Sufficient but where's more? I need more More, Luther, and the whole cast...
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