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  • The Praise of Folly/Against War | Desiderius Erasmus

    The Praise of Folly/Against War

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Desiderius Erasmus
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton, Leighton Pugh
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    'The Praise of Folly', written in Latin in 1509 and spoken by the goddess Folly (who champions a lively enjoyment of life), was a bold satire on (in the cautious contemporary environment) not only Western classical traditions but also the Catholic Church. Dedicated to More himself, Erasmus wittily challenged entrenched views in so forthright (and humanist) a style that it could have brought him in direct conflict with the papacy. Fortunately the pope, Leo X, enjoyed the humour and the challenge!

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