Erasmus' Use o f Scripture in De Vidua Christiana* Joseph C. Linck In the summer of 1526, on the plains of Mohacs, the young King Louis of Hungary was ingloriously drowned while fleeing the disastrous rout of his army by invading Turkish forces. He left behind him a twenty-one year old widow, Mary, grand-daughter of the late Emperor Maximilian I, and sister to the reigning Emperor Charles. Theirs had been a close marriage, despite the fact that it had been arranged while Mary was only six months old, and Louis was not yet born. Nonetheless, a great love was sparked between them, and they divided their days between carefree frolics in the open country near the palace, where they loved to ride and hunt like happy children, and desperate attempts ... to mobilize the Hungarian nobility against an impending Turkish in- vasion.1 I The heroic endeavors of the two notwithstanding, the Hungarian and Bo- hemian armies were manifestly ill-prepared for the onslaught of the Turks, resulting in the carnage at Mohacs and the early widowhood of Mary. In the months following the death of her husband, two significant events occurred in Mary's life. One was a vow
Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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