Erasmus, His Life and Character as Shown in His Correspondence and Works Volume 1

Erasmus, His Life and Character as Shown in His Correspondence and Works Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...The University of Louvain found a champion in a young divine named Martin Dorpius, who was prevailed on to write to Erasmus to remonstrate with him on the publication of what he called " the unlucky Moria." Dorpius, accordingly, who was a young man of very amiable temper, and not obstinately opposed to true learning, addressed Erasmus, whom he had known personally at Louvain, in a very respectful and complimentary style, telling him how unfortunate it was for his own fame that such a book should have appeared at the very time that he was beginning to be held in admiration by all the most eminent lawyers and theologians. Erasmus took the letter in good part, and in reply assured his correspondent that though he was every day receiving letters from learned men saluting him as "the sun" and "the moon" of Germany, and loading him with all sorts of nattering titles, none of them gave him so much pleasure as the expostulatory letter of his dear Dorpius. He then entered on a long and elaborate defence of himself, protesting that his sole object in all his works was to do good, and that the Moria simply attempted under another form to do the same thing which the Enchiridion had aimed to accomplish 'in a more serious spirit. He challenged Dorpius to name any one whose character he had blackened or on whom he had cast the 204 ERASMUS DEFENDS slightest aspersion. And as to his having alienated the whole order of divines, he denied it altogether; for since the publication of the Moria he had never met with any hostility, except on the part of a few of that class who hate all literature; on the contrary, were it not that it might seem arrogant to do so, he could name men of the highest rank in the Church, distinguished for their...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236613449
  • 9781236613448