In Praise of Folly

by Desiderius Erasmus

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In Praise of Folly is a satirical essay written by Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch theologian and a catholic priest whose notable contributions include Apophthegmatum opus, A handbook on manners for children and The Education of a Christian Prince. The essay starts off with a satirical learned encomium and ends with a straightforward statement of Christian ideals.