Jan Amos KOMENSKÝ - life, work, legacy

Continuatio Admonitionis

Continuatio admonitionis fraternae

de temperando charitate zelo. Cum fideli dehortatione a pantherina indole et a larvis Johannis Comenii ad Samuelem Maresium; pro intentione prima minuendorum odiorum ampliandorumque favorum, aut ad tradendum finaliter obstinatos Divino et humano judicio


A continuation of the fraternal admonition on the temperance of fervour by love. In which Jan Comenius with affection turns Samuel Maresius from the manner of the beasts and from the use of masks;  the primary intent being the dilution of rancour and the enhancement of good will, or ultimately the placement of the stubborn before the Divine and human court.



Origin of the work:
1669 Amsterdam


  1669 Amsterdam 

1913 Brno, in: Archiv pro bádání o životě a díle J. A. Komenského pp7-51, paras. 39-128

1914 Brno, ditto, 4, pp12-21 (corrections and notes to the previous edition)

1924 Prague, Jana Amose Komenského Vlastní životopis, paras. 39-128, Czech translation by J. Hendrich

1961 Prague, in: Archiv pro bádání o životě a díle J. A. Komenského (Acta Comeniana) 20, pp10-30 (dedicatory preface and paras. 1-38)

1975 Prague, Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VIII, paras. 39-128, Czech translation by J. Hendrich

1975 Stockholm, Comenius självbiografi. Comenius about himself. (Facsimile of the 1669 edition with Swedish and English translations)





An unfinished, defensive reply to Maresius’ Antirrheticus (Contradictor), intended to advocate his own pansophic efforts. After the publication of Comenius’De zelo sine scientia et charitate (On zeal without knowledge and grace – the Fraternal Admonition or De zelo) Samuel Maresius showed no desire for reconciliation. Indeed, in his response to it, the Antirrheticus, he cast doubt on the whole of Comenius’ life as a delusory theologian, a chiliast, a visionary and as a damaging enthusiast. Most of all, he insulted Comenius by labelling him a fraud who cunningly extracted money from de Geer and led people by the nose of Drabík`s prophecies (Mikuláš Drabík). Comenius defended himself with this tract; the most valuable part of his testimony comes in the autobiographical section, which he begins with his departure from Leszno in 1628, and continues with information on his didactic and pansophic works, his invitation to England and negotiations with Sweden, the religious debates into which he was drawn against his will and his residence in Hungary; in particular, he gives rare details of his continuing work on the General Consultation (the Consultatio) after his arrival in Amsterdam. These notes are of especial importance as they explain many of the events in his life. Comenius intended to publish the tract Antimaresius against his detractor as well, but died before being able to do so.


For further study, see also:

Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VIII. Prague 1975, pp111-113

J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp656-661

Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp214-216




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