Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sebastian Brandt. The Ship of Fools. Translated by Alexander Barclay. London. 1874. Volume 2.

While much of Brant's satire is directed against the clergy, such as the “claterynge and bablynge of prestos” shown above, Brant fell short of supporting the Reformation. Instead, he was a devout Catholic who supported Maximilian I, the German king who became Holy Roman Emperor in 1491. Brant believed that his satires could help instruct German citizens to modify their behavior to become the new torch bearers of the Roman Catholic Church.

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