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.


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

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