R4's In Our Time - "Erasmus"

 

Like all the In Our Time podcasts, this is a great intro for anyone interested in this period of history. Erasmus’ own personal life and motives prove to be just as interesting as the discussion about the legacy left by his works.

01:45: "Erasmus didn’t want us to know much about his early life, and that’s because he was the son of a priest...in the terms of 15th century Western Europe, he was a non-person."
16:10: "He detested so much of the religion around him. He detested the physical....I think that that experience of passion in the monastery terrified him, and he spent the rest of his life running away from visceral passion." 
40:50: "So many very dodgy people, in 16th century terms, had admired him and went on developing his thought."

 
HearingChris