Princes
by Erasmus

The political thought of Erasmus scarcely changed throughout his career and is conveniently summarized in the 1516 treatise On the Education of a Christian Prince, written for the future Charles V. Its main characteristics are the insistent pursuit of peace in all circumstances, a consequent dislike of treaties and pacts, a preference for the arbitrated settlement of disputes, for a limited monarchy under a prince himself subject to the laws, and a state where social harmony is erected on economic prosperity and controlled by sumptuary laws. There is also a clear view of the dangers of hereditary succession.

Underneath Folly's depiction of the dangers faced by princes emerges a portrait of the ideal prince, subject to his own laws, devoted to the welfare of his people, intent on the suppression of corruption and mindful of his own salvation.

Note to My Followers which is Part 3 of Folly Speaks from "The Praise Of Folly"

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