Erasmus. You will, I hope, join us in honouring him. (Epistle 3135, Allen XI, 344/11-21, translation by M. A. Haworth in Hillerbrand 290).

On his deathbed in the large room with the open fireplace that he took pleasure in, Erasmus repeated over and over the prayers 'O Mother of God remember me!' and ' Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me! I will sing the mercy and judgment of the Lord'. Then with his expiring breath he said in the language of his childhood, 'Lieve God!' ('Dear God'), and so he died. 25

It is fitting to end with the words of P. S. Allen in the chapel of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, speaking of Chrysostom (thus combining the voice of his great editor to whom Volume 1 was dedicated, and the figure of Erasmus' beloved Greek Father):

He turned -- as others have turned before him -- to man's imperishable part, his only property and all his treasure: the soul which this life ended he must render up to God -- not merely unspotted from the world, but worn and weary after a life of service, yet looking forward to new service beyond the gate of death. ( Letters of P. S. Allen [ Oxford, 1939] 298)


Notes
1)
He had arrived in Basel no later than 28 June (the date of Ep. 3028), and in his letter to Erasmus Schets he speaks of the discomfort of the trip ( Allen XI, 144/17 ff.). See Smith, 419 and the sources there cited.
2)
In BR, citing Eps. 2755 & 2756, which are however not conclusive. The role of Bonifacius Amerbach in persuading Erasmus to return to Basel must also be recognised (see chp. 42).
3)
After Erasmus' death Latomus entered the service of the archbishop of Trier, now Johann Ludwig von Hagen, a former student of his ( BR). There had a been a conflict between Erasmus and Latomus, but after 1527 it died down and it seems to have been Erasmus who re-opened their friendship after Latomus' tribute in Oratio de studiis humanitatis (his inaugural lecture at Paris on I November 1534). Both Ep. 3029 and Erasmus' response in Ep. 3048 were included in the last selection of Erasmus' correspondence published Feb. 1536. See E. Rummel, "'Erasmus' Conflict with Latomus: Round Two'", ARG 80 ( 1989) 5-23.
4)
To sum up the complications: Erasmus was born in Holland, lived in the Holy Roman Empire (where there were some funds and one bequest), and died in the free imperial city of Basel. See P. P. J. L. van Peteghem, "'Erasmus' Last Will'", in Erasmus of Rotterdam, ed. Weiland and Frijhoff ( 1988) 88-97, and appendix D.
5)
I have briefly discussed this phenomenon in a paper on the Copenhagen

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes xiv
  • List of Abbreviations xv
  • List of ILlustrations xvii
  • 18 Return from England: the Years in Flanders and Paris, 1501-1502 1
  • 19 the Early Louvain Years, 1502-1504 14
  • Notes 24
  • 20 the Enchiridion: 'Philosophia Christi' 28
  • Notes 40
  • 21 1504, a Threshold Year 41
  • Notes 49
  • 22 Return to England, 1505-1506 51
  • Notes 59
  • 23 Italy, 1506-1509 62
  • Notes 71
  • 24 the Adages 74
  • Notes 82
  • 25 England Again, 1509: the 'Period of Silence' 86
  • Notes 92
  • 25 the Praise of Folly 95
  • Notes 105
  • 27 the Cambridge Years, 1511-1514 109
  • Notes 122
  • 28 the Changing World in 1514 126
  • 29 Vocation and Life-Style 140
  • Notes 147
  • 30 to Basel, Summer 1514 149
  • Notes 161
  • 31 1516, the Annus Mirabilis 165
  • Notes 173
  • 32 the New Testament: A Life Work 175
  • Notes 189
  • Notes 210
  • 34 the Rising Storm of Controversy: Erasmus and His Catholic Critics, 1517-1522 216
  • Notes 231
  • 35 the Colloquies 236
  • Notes 243
  • Erasmus and His Friends: His Audience and His Geography 247
  • Notes 259
  • 37 Reform and Reformation: Ecclesia Semper Reformanda 263
  • Notes 278
  • 38 the Basel Years, 1521-1529: the Reformation Storm Rising 283
  • 39 Erasmus and Luther: on the Freedom of the Will 298
  • Notes 306
  • 40 Language and Style 310
  • Notes 317
  • 41 the Basel Years: Humanism and Religion 320
  • Notes 333
  • 42 the Freiburg Years, 1529-1535 337
  • Notes 346
  • 43 the Final Act at Basel: Summer 1535 to July 1536 350
  • Notes 359
  • 44 the Achievement of Erasmus and His Place in History 362
  • Notes 377
  • Appendix C Erasmus' Dispensations 381
  • Notes 383
  • Appendix D Erasmus' Wills 384
  • Notes 385
  • Appendix E Portraits of Erasmus 387
  • An Erasmian Chronology: LIfe and Writings 390
  • Bibliography 393
  • Index of Names of Persons 408
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