So far, we’ve only really talked about sculptors and painters and stuff.
BUT THIS GUY IS A WRITER.
And his name was Erasmus.
And it means “Desired beloved”. Most people think he probably gave that name to himself.
I mean, if I gave a name to myself, I’d give myself something like that.
And his most famous work is called “In Praise of Folly”. I know, folly is bad. It is a bad thing. I dunno.
When he was young, Mus’s parents died and his new guardians sent him off to the Monastery. He didn’t really like the Monastery, but he did like the books there. So he went anyways. But he didn’t like the Monk stuff he had to do. He didn’t like fasting, he didn’t like eating fish during Lent, and he wasn’t really suited to be a monk. So he just said “forget that” and he became a priest, but that didn’t really work for him either.
So he went to Paris!
He loved books, reading, writing, etc. etc. blah blah blah. He particularly liked Plato. Because to be allowed in the Renaissance, you had to be really really smart.
He already knew Latin, and he taught himself Greek. He decided to update the Latin Vulgate. According to Erasmus, the Vulgate was incorrect. His “updates” became really controversial. However, it made him famus. A lot of people were angry with him because they liked the old Vulgate. And others just thought he was a hypocrite. Which was why being a Monk and/or Priest did not suit him.
So he just kinda went back and forth from that point on between Paris, Rome, and London. He wrote a book of quotes while he was in Paris, which was a best seller. It was pretty much the Cliffnotes of the Renaissance, and he added some of his own quotes and comments.
He was offered a job at the Vatican wif Mr. P-to-da-ope, but he turned it down. He was offered a job at a university, but he also turned it down. He did get a job with King Henry VIII, but it was relly boring and he quit.
So in 1511, he wrote In Praise of Folly. It is a satiric novel.
He pretty much offends everyone in the book. He especially attacks the Church, but he was right about most of it.
Other works he wrote urged Christians to come back to, well, good sense.
Erasmus was a Humanist.
He questioned Jesus’ God-ness, and his own Christian beliefs.
That’s about it.
UHM OH NO A STEGOSAURUS.