New Humanists
New Humanists
Sep 15, 2023
The Mirror for Princes | Episode LV
Play • 1 hr 13 min

Thomas Elyot wrote "The Boke named the Governour," the first book about education written in the English language, an outstanding example in the crowded field of Renaissance-era mirrors for princes. The mirrors for princes were works designed to instruct and train future kings, nobles, and leading men. Machiavelli and Erasmus wrote famous mirrors for princes, but what does the English tradition of this genre have to show us?

Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition:

Thomas Elyot's The Boke named The Governour:

Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince:

Desiderius Erasmus' The Education of a Christian Prince:

Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy:

Plutarch's Parallel Lives (inc. Lycurgus):

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