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Erasmus: The Education of a Christian Prince with the Panegyric for Archduke Philip of Austria

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This is a new student edition of Erasmus' crucial treatise on political theory and also contains a new, excerpted translation from his Panegyric. The Education of a Christian Prince is one of the most important "advice-to-princes" texts published in the Renaissance and was dedicated to Charles V. It is a strongly pacifist work in which Erasmus sought to ensure that the pri ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published August 28th 1997 by Cambridge University Press (first published June 1965)
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Marie
In all fairness, I didn't read the whole book, at least not in this edition I'm registering it under. I only got access to the text through this website , because it seemed hard to find in a good PDF. Probably the first hundred pages are an introductory study of Erasmus, and the text itself.

A Christian prince is expected to follow Christ: in judgement, in soul and things of the world. The responsibility is either upon the people who choose him, or their parents and educators. The response to Mac
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Nolan Andrew Croce
When I found out I had to read this book for a class in college, I was devastated. Who wants to read a book from 1510 during the summer. Believe it or not, when I finished this morning, I was genuinely sad it was over. Erasmus has become one of my new favorite authors simply because he knows how to phrase things effectively and precisely. His metaphors are awesome. Found some great quotes.
Daniel
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
can someone please tell me what the hell to do with this book in the 21st century? I earnestly want to know.
Veronica
I got a lot out of this book. I know this is taught in a lot of education classes, but I also think that a lot of it is applicable to anyone. The advice in here pertains to everyday standards of candor and decorum in different types of relationships, says a lot about what it means to be a Christian, works as a wake-up call to personal responsibility, and has a lot of good thoughts that are applicable to parenting or any position of authority and leadership. It's written in an accessible style, a ...more
Tom
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short and sweet discussion of both how a young prince should be educated and how a ruler in power should act. One of the more interesting themes to me was the tremendous influence a good ruler can have through his example, associates, etc.

As has been remarked elsewhere, this is sort of an anti-Machiavellian perspective. As such, it felt like something of a soul-cleansing reality check after recently re-reading some Machiavelli. It's perhaps not as useful for understanding practical politics o
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Evelyn
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent, short book. Lots of good advice on integrity in politics, being a good person, and raising your children to be good people. While what he is specifically addressing is how to raise and educate a future ruler of a country, much of what he says can be applied to anyone who wants to be a force for good in the world, as well as parents who wish to raise their children to be the same.
Reid McKenzie
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
An interesting take on what it means to be an explicitly Christian ruler as contrasted with the standard of ethics and statesmanship set by the pagan Greek tradition and the Biblical traditions. An interesting read, problematically pacifist. School reading
Jessica Russell
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Very interesting read, I'd pair it with Machiavelli's The Prince and the Vindiciae Contra tyrannos.
Gary
Jan 17, 2010 marked it as to-read
His Enchiridion.
Maxo Marc
A great read about how to rise a future ruler.
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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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