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A Handbook on Good Manners for Children: De Civilitate Morum Puerilium Libellus

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The first treatise in Western Europe on the moral and practical education of children was published in 1530 by an author who was outraged at the uncouth and undisciplined youth of his time. It is surprisingly relevant today!
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Preface Publishing (first published January 1st 2001)
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7jane
Nov 24, 2015 7jane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the manners of the past
The first Western Europe treatise of manners for children, this is a quite interesting little book. Eramus was of the opinion that good manners should be best installed early, and so he wrote this book which became the bestseller of 16th century, with 19 editions and 8 translations within 10 years of the first publication.

Erasmus Of Rotterdam was a Dutch humanist, theologian and classical scholar who traveled widely within Europe. He wrote many other books, but this (which came out in 1530) is c
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Anne
Jan 22, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
I bought this book because Stephen Fry read from it on an episode of Q.I., can't remember which. It was the bestselling book of the 16th century (published in 1530), and it contains plenty of practical advice, some of which is seriously funny. Erasmus wrote it for the son of a nobleman, but intended it as a guide for anyone who wanted to build their manners and character; as he points out, we don't choose our birth, but we can decide how we want to behave.

A few gems:

"It's inappropriate to wink a
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Thomas
Feb 10, 2015 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
2015 has gotten off to a good start with this book. It was a delight to read, and still holds many valuable lessons for children (and adults) of the modern age. The introduction, which I often skip over, is worth the read too.
Julius
Jan 14, 2016 Julius rated it really liked it
Absolutely priceless, and filled with astonishingly pragmatic, no bullshit advice for 16th century boys.
Helen Mears
Apr 08, 2013 Helen Mears rated it it was amazing
Steamed through this practically in one sitting. It's an invaluable insight into 16th Century manners and very amusing in places.
Yann
Jul 22, 2011 Yann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 siecles déjà! Ces principes n'ont pas été édictés en vain. A lire aussi: "la civilisation des moeurs" de norbert elias.
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Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.

Erasmus was a classical scholar and wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian human
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