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Institutio principis christiani

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Erasmus (around 1466–1536) was a great thinker in the field of social development. He captured his ideas in this ‘Mirror for princes’, meant for Charles V. According to Erasmus, a king had to set a good example and live according to Christian virtues. He also believed that a king should only wage a war as a means of defence. The work was first published in Basel (Switzerland) in 1515 and was frequently reprinted, also after Erasmus’ death.

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Desiderius Erasmus, Institutio principis christiani. Leuven, Dirk Martens, 1516. Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek: KW 228 E 84. NK 830.

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