Erasmus of Rotterdam

The Spirit of a Scholar

William Barker

Erasmus of Rotterdam

William Barker

Distributed for Reaktion Books

312 pages | 30 color plates, 19 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789144512 Will Publish October 2021 For sale in North and South America only
The first English-language popular biography of widely influential northern Renaissance scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam in twenty years.
 
Erasmus of Rotterdam came from an obscure background but, through remarkable perseverance, skill, and independent vision, became a powerful and controversial intellectual figure in Europe in the early sixteenth century. He was known for his vigorous opposition to war, intolerance, and hypocrisy, and at the same time for irony and subtlety that could confuse his friends as well as his opponents. His ideas about language, society, scholarship, and religion influenced the rise of the Reformation and had a huge impact on the humanities, and that influence continues today. This book shows how an independent textual scholar was able, by the power of the printing press and his wits, to attain both fame and notoriety. Drawing on the immense wealth of recent scholarship devoted to Erasmus, Erasmus of Rotterdam is the first English-language popular biography of this crucial thinker in twenty years.
Review Quotes
Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University
"This book is a gem. It follows Erasmus, the great Renaissance humanist, through a life full of travel, comity, controversy, and scholarship. Barker offers expert distillations of Erasmus’s wide-ranging works and a judicious selection of examples, references, and images. We learn about the many ingredients of Erasmus’s success as a scholar, including his personality traits and intellectual commitments, and his patrons, friends, and helpers."
Erika Rummel, University of Toronto
"An engaging and very readable popular biography, at times amusing, with insights into the relation of the humanities in Erasmus’s time to our own."
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