In 1572 Michel de Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection.
There he wrote his constantly expanding essays; he discusses subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature and provide an engaging insight into a wise Renaissance mind.
The Great Self-Examiner
Can anyone reconcile us with death? Michel de Montaigne, one of the great sages of the Renaissance, tried his best; and he was trying to reconcile himself as much as any readers he might have....Read more