"> Name: Satirical religious writings of Desiderius Erasmus

Date:  1500 - 1799

Location:  Europe



Artist: Desiderius Erasmus

Confronting Bodies: Catholic officials

Date of Action: 1536

Specific Location: The Netherlands

Description of Artwork: Erasmus challenged Catholic Church practices in his satiric writings. "In Praise of Folly" challenges the veneration of the Apostles and the worship of icons as equal to praising Jesus. "Julius Exclusus" condemns Pope Julius II for his military initiatives.

Description of Incident: Some call his work a Trojan Horse for Luther's reformation. After the reformation the Catholic church became more strict in regard to publishing printed material. Erasmus's works were placed on the Catholic Church's first "Index Librorum Prohibitorum," a collection of banned texts.

Results of Incident: Erasmus's writings were not suppressed until after his death. Some portions of "In Praise of Folly" and the "Colloquies" were revised and accepted, but pages were struck out.

Source: Censorship, A World Encyclopedia, ed. D. Jones

Submitted By: NCAC

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