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‘The Ship of Fools’ in Sian Echard and Robert Rouse, eds., The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain / Geraint Evans

Swansea University Author: Geraint Evans

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The ship of fools is an allegory of human frailty in which a ship, or a fleet of ships, is adrift on the sea of life without direction or purpose. This image is the structural conceit of a satire on the varieties of human sin and folly by the German writer Sebastian Brant (1457-1521). Translated int...

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ISBN: 978-1-118-39698-8
Published: Oxford Wiley Blackwell 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa36318
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Abstract: The ship of fools is an allegory of human frailty in which a ship, or a fleet of ships, is adrift on the sea of life without direction or purpose. This image is the structural conceit of a satire on the varieties of human sin and folly by the German writer Sebastian Brant (1457-1521). Translated into many of the major languages of Europe, and into English by Alexander Barclay (c.1476-1552), The Ship of Fools was one of the most popular printed books of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Keywords: printing; satire; medievalism; Sebastian Brant; Albrecht Dürer
College: College of Arts and Humanities