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Review essay: Drama, counsel, and command in early modern England

Review essay: Drama, counsel, and command in early modern England 148 REVIEWS barren for those who are barren of everything else; who, still worse, are already old men, given up for dead losses, since they cannot treat scripture aptly without knowing the works of the ancients, and they cannot come to know those with the poor Latin that they now possess, while to go back to grammar and learn among boys, indeed from boys, is not merely a disgraceful proposal but also comes too late to do any good. My dear Dorp, I am so far from praising such men that I even think these theologians in name, not in fact, should be forced, as the Romans compelled bad officials to give up their public employments, to resign from the office they occupy so undeservingly. (CW 15:75–77) A published version of More’s Letter to Dorp (1563) omitted this final sentence. More’s entire Letter to Dorp was proscribed by a Catholic inquisitor in a Madrid Index librorum expurgatorum of 1584 (CW 15: cxviii). But to me it is of essential importance not to suppress but to show links like these between Erasmus and More. When such comparisons are made, Erasmus starts to look like a mirror-image of Thomas More, or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Moreana Edinburgh University Press

Review essay: Drama, counsel, and command in early modern England

Moreana , Volume 59 (1): 10 – Jun 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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0047-8105
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10.3366/more.2022.0120
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148 REVIEWS barren for those who are barren of everything else; who, still worse, are already old men, given up for dead losses, since they cannot treat scripture aptly without knowing the works of the ancients, and they cannot come to know those with the poor Latin that they now possess, while to go back to grammar and learn among boys, indeed from boys, is not merely a disgraceful proposal but also comes too late to do any good. My dear Dorp, I am so far from praising such men that I even think these theologians in name, not in fact, should be forced, as the Romans compelled bad officials to give up their public employments, to resign from the office they occupy so undeservingly. (CW 15:75–77) A published version of More’s Letter to Dorp (1563) omitted this final sentence. More’s entire Letter to Dorp was proscribed by a Catholic inquisitor in a Madrid Index librorum expurgatorum of 1584 (CW 15: cxviii). But to me it is of essential importance not to suppress but to show links like these between Erasmus and More. When such comparisons are made, Erasmus starts to look like a mirror-image of Thomas More, or

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MoreanaEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2022

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