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Summary of the Book 'A Very Pleasaunt And Fruitful Diologe Called The Epicure':
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (October 28 1466 ? July 12 1536) sometimes known as Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam was a Dutch Renaissance humanist and a Catholic priest and theologian. His scholarly name Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus comprises the following three elements: the Latin noun desiderium (longing or desire the name being a genuine Late Latin name) the Greek adjective ???????? (ersmios) meaning desired and in the form Erasmus also the name of a St. Erasmus of Formiae and the Latinized adjectival form for the city of Rotterdam (Roterodamus = of Rotterdam). Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a pure Latin style and enjoyed the sobriquet Prince of the Humanists. He has been called the crowning glory of the Christian humanists. Using humanist techniques for working on texts he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament. These raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also wrote The Praise of Folly Handbook of a Christian Knight On Civility in Children Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style Julius Exclusus and many other works. Erasmus lived through the Reformation period and he consistently criticized some contemporary popular Christian beliefs. In relation to clerical abuses in the Church Erasmus remained committed to reforming the Church from within. He also held to Catholic doctrines such as that of free will which some Protestant Reformers rejected in favor of the doctrine of predestination. His middle road approach disappointed and even angered many Protestants such as Martin Luther as well as conservative Catholics. He died in Basel in 1536 and was buried in the formerly Catholic cathedral there recently converted to a Reformed church.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Very Pleasaunt And Fruitful Diologe Called The Epicure':
... A VE- ry pleasaunt fruitful Dio- loge called the ... ... and worthelier extolled then Mithridates? that noble kyng of Pont and Bithinia, which, (as Aulus Gellius writeth) vnderstoode so perfitly the ... ... wil &pleasure of our heauely father toward vs most miserable &ignoraunt wretches Who would not quake, too beholde the terrible feares &threatenynges ... ... with heart and mynde, would nowe as well expulse the pernitious and deuelyshe doctryne af that Romishe bishop, as his name is blotted i bookes. ... ... all woofull miserie, perturbatio, and vanities of this world. And surely none but ypocrites or els deuilles would go about too stoppe or allure ... ... which accordyng too ye Prophete Dauid are blessed, if they gladly requite ye lawe of God. They shuld therfore reade ye bible &purdge theyr ... ... of whosoeuer can attaine, shuld desire none other thig, but hold himselfe hauyng onely that, as one most fully content and satisfied. HED. That ... ... offeces nowe bee not only smalle grefe and vnquietnes too them, but also chaunce ofte for some more godlier purpose, as causing the too lyue afterward ... ... &maketh that pleasaunt, which by it selfe is very peynful. SPV. We se that dayly in louers, hauyng great delight to sytte vp long &too daunce ... ... the mynde? How many doo wee see, whiche euen from their youth, too their latter dais neuer awake nor repet them of the drunkennes, of ambitio, nigardnes, ... ... in place, where the lyke thyng hath been doone. There was a priest whiche knewe perfectly by longe experience and practise, the arte to make thynges ... ... them to wyshe for death before thei ca dye. SP. Such disciples as those then, the Epicure would not knowe. HED. For the most part pouertie, a very ... ... agaynst whose commyng thei should haue layd vp the deedes of their former lyfe, as a special iuwel and treasure: then thei stande greatly in fear ... ... an emperour if you take away a quiet mynd with it selfe, I dare boldely say, that the poore man sklenderlye || and homely appareled, made weake ... ... happeneth in this lyfe, it is lesse and shorter, compared with the eternall paines, then is the soden pricke of a needle, incompariso of the ||E.iii.|| ... ... knowe that heauen and all thinges contained therin, were made for mannes sake. HEDO. Almoste al knowe that, but some dooe not remembre it, ... ... of dyner sanctifieth all thynges and in a while after there is recited some holy lesson of the woorde of God: whiche more refresheth the minde, ... ... and set furth the preceptes of Philosophie wyth subtil fables, declare that there was one Tantalus broughte vnto the table of the goddes, whych ... ... || hee looketh forwarde, hee seeth then the daye of iudgemente drawe neere, and shortely after the eternall punyshemente of of hell. SPVDE. I esteme ... ... them end of E.8v reads the/reme including catchword F.i v to colour and set furth the preceptes was set-/furth at line break F.ii ...