De civilitate morum puerilium
De civilitate morum puerilium is a handbook written by Erasmus of Rotterdam, and is considered to be the first treatise in Western Europe on the moral and practical education of children. First published in 1530 it was addressed to the eleven-year-old Henry of Burgundy, son of Adolph, Prince of Veere, and gives instructions, in simple Latin, on how a boy should conduct himself in the company of adults. The book achieved immediate success and was translated into many languages. The first English version, by Robert Whittinton (or Whittington) was published in 1532, under the title of A Little Book of Good Manners for Children. Another translation by Thomas Paynell was issued in 1560.
The book is divided into seventeen sections, each dealing with an aspect of behaviour.
- Erasmus, Desiderius (1997). Colloquies. Collected Works of Erasmus. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 70. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- Arditi, Jorge (1998). A Genealogy of Manners. University of Chicago Press. pp. 113–20. ISBN 978-0-226-02583-4. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- Elspeth Barker. "A Handbook on Good Manners for Children, by Erasmus of Rotterdam trs Eleanor Merchant". The Independent. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
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