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Spiritualia: Enchiridon / De contemptu mundi / De vidua christiana, Volume 66

edited by John W. O’Malley
Volume: 66
Copyright Date: 1988
Pages: 352
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    Book Description:

    This is the first of five volumes to appear in the section of the CWE devoted to Erasmus' spiritualia, works of spirituality that include such aspects of religion as piety, theology, and the practice of ministry.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8014-2
    Subjects: History, Philosophy, Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. ix-lii)

    The editors of CWE have selected twenty of Erasmus’ works for inclusion in the collection ofspiritualia.As an enclosure with his well-known letter to Hector Boece of 15 March 1530, Erasmus divided his writings up to that time into nineordines,the fifth of which contained those pertaining topietas.¹ All of those, as well as some others, were included in the fifth volume of the Leiden edition of theOpera.Erasmus’ list has served as the starting point for the present designation ofspiritualiaas well, although some works Erasmus placed in this category have for good reason...

  4. The Handbook of the Christian Soldier / Enchiridion militis christiani
    (pp. 1-128)

    One must not take Erasmus too literally when in theCatalogue lucubrationumhe says in a self-effacing tone that theEnchiridionwas born of chance(res est casu nata).¹ Rather, the germination and maturation of the work in the mind of its author can be traced to some extent in his peregrinations and personal encounters between the early months of 1499 and the publication of theLucubratiunculaein February 1503.

    Through the good offices of his friend Jacob Batt, Erasmus had gradually ingratiated himself into favour with Anna van Borssele, lady of Veere, and in the early part of February...

  5. On Disdaining the World / De contemptu mundi
    (pp. 129-176)

    De contemptu mundiwas published in 1521¹ with the reluctant consent of the author. In a prefatory epistle to the reader Erasmus declared that he was yielding to the entreaties of his friends and the importunity of his publisher.² He had composed the treatise on disdaining the world ‘when he was scarcely twenty,’ on behalf of an acquaintance and to exercise his pen, never thinking that it would be published one day.³ The jejune composition was an embarrassment to the mature scholar and he felt obliged to ask for the reader’s indulgence. The piece, he said in his preface, had...

  6. On the Christian Widow / De vidua Christiana
    (pp. 177-258)

    On March 17, 1506, the Hapsburg emperor Maximilian concluded an astonishing alliance with Vladislav, the weak king of Hungary and Bohemia; the terms of the alliance provided nothing less than an engagement between Maximilian’s six-month-old granddaughter Mary and Vladislav’s heir as yet unborn. Fortunately for Maximilian, the Hungarian infant proved to be male. On the first of July, Vladislav’s wife Anne de Candale bore him a premature son. Anne died in childbirth, and the baby at first gave little promise of surviving his mother. All the resources of sixteenth-century medical science, however, were marshalled to keep the sickly infant alive:...

  7. Notes
    (pp. 259-332)
    (pp. 335-338)
    (pp. 339-342)
  10. Index
    (pp. 343-353)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 354-354)