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

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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 April 2nd 2004)
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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...more
Helen Mears
Steamed through this practically in one sitting. It's an invaluable insight into 16th Century manners and very amusing in places.
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 (also known as Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus) was doubtless born out of wedlock, well cared for by his parents till their early death, and then given the best education open to a young man of his day in a series of monastic or semi-monastic schools. All this early education is made by him in the light of later experience to appear like one long conspiracy to force him into the...more
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