The Manual of a Christian Knight
Erasmus’s very popular 16th century guide book on how to live a moral, Christian life while avoiding formal ritual and observances.
A Book Called in Latin Enchiridion Militis Christiani and in English The Manual of the Christian Knight, replenished with the most wholesome precepts made by the famous clerk Erasmus of Rotterdam, to which is added a new and marvellous profitable Preface (London: Methuen and Co., 1905).
The text is in the public domain.
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Table of Contents
- THE BOOK SPEAKETH
- THE PRINTER TO THE FAITHFUL READER
- ENCHIRIDION THE EPISTLE
- HERE FOLLOWETH THE TABLE OF THIS PRESENT BOOK.
- We must watch and look about us evermore while we be in this life.
- Of the weapons to be used in the war of a Christian man.
- That the first point of wisdom is to know thyself, and of two manner wisdoms, the true wisdom, and the apparent.
- Of the outward and inward man.
- Of the diversity of affections.
- Of the inward and outward man and of the two parts of man, proved by holy scripture.
- Of three parts of man, the spirit, the soul, and the flesh.
- Certain general rules of true christian living.
- Against the evil of ignorance. The first rule.
- The second rule.
- The third rule.
- The fourth rule.
- The fifth rule.
- The sixth rule.
- Here follow opinions meet for a Christian man.
- The seventh rule.
- The eighth rule.
- The ninth rule.
- The tenth rule.
- The eleventh rule.
- The twelfth rule.
- The thirteenth rule.
- The fourteenth rule.
- The fifteenth rule.
- The sixteenth rule.
- The seventeenth rule.
- The eighteenth rule.
- The nineteenth rule.
- The twentieth rule.
- The twenty-first rule.
- The twenty-second rule.
- Remedies against certain sins and special vices, and first against bodily lust.
- A short recapitulation of remedies against the flame of lust.
- Against the enticings and provokings unto avarice.
- The recapitulation of the remedies against the vice of avarice.
- Against ambition or desire of honour and authority.
- Against elation otherwise called pride or swelling of the mind.
- Against wrath and desire of vengeance.