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And other Works.
And other Works.
Art. 1.-1. Érasme, Précurseur et Initiateur de l'esprit moderne
Par H. Durand de Laur. Paris, 1872. 2. Érasme, Étude sur sa Vie et ses Ouvrages. Par Gaston
Feugere. Paris, 1874. 3. Renaissance et Réforme. Iar D. Nisard, de l'Académie
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1893-4, by J. A. Froude, Regius Professor of Modern
History. London, 1894. THE \HE name of Desiderius Erasmus is certainly one of the
most considerable in the literary annals of Europe. There have been, perhaps, only two other men of letters, during the Christian era, whose influence can be paralleled with his : two who, like him, lived and worked in periods of transition ; who, like bim, furnish in their writings, and especially in their correspondence, the most vivid image of their time; who, like him, with small prescience of the destined course of events, were singularly potent instruments in moulding the minds of the generations to come after them. It was the function of St. Augustine to sum up in himself the chief characteristics of the vast spiritual and intellectual changes that accompanied the dissolution of the Roman Empire. He it was, more than any one else, who impressed upon public and private life that ecclesiastical form which it was to wear until the Middle Ages had run their course. In Voltaire we have the living embodiment of Vol. 180.-No. 359.
the spirit of doubt and denial which sapped the foundations
The recent Erasmian literature is somewhat extensive. We
* Nisard, 'Renaissance et Réforme,' vol. i. p. 140.