The Praise of Folly Character Descriptions

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Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam

This individual, who lived from 1466 to 1536, was a renowned Christian humanist and church reformer.


This character is the narrator in the book The Praise of Folly.

Thomas More

This individual was the great British humanist to whom The Praise of Folly was dedicated.

The Classical Writers

These individuals from history, such as Plato, Horace, and Homer, are referred to as authorities.

Classical Rulers

These individuals from history, such as Marcus Aurelius and Cicero, are used as authorities and illustrations.

The Apostles

The narrator considers these individuals to be simple and ignorant, yet superior to the theologians.


This individual is used by the narrator as an authority who praised folly and demonstrated it in his birth and death.

Mary and the Saints

The narrator believes that worshiping these individuals instead of Jesus is foolish.

Popes, Bishops, Cardinals, Priests

These religious men are criticized...

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