Table of Contents
Charles Cotton’s 1686 Translation

Book 1

Book 2

  • 1Of the Inconstancy of Our Actions
  • 2Of Drunkenness
  • 3A Custom of the Isle of Cea
  • 4Tomorrow’s a New Day
  • 5Of Conscience
  • 6Of Practice
  • 7Of Recompenses of Honour
  • 8Of the Affection of Fathers to Their Children
  • 9Of the Arms of the Parthians
  • 10Of Books
  • 11Of Cruelty
  • 12Apology for Raymond Sebond
  • 13Of Judging of the Death of Another
  • 14That Our Mind Hinders Itself
  • 15That Our Desires Are Augmented by Difficulty
  • 16Of Glory
  • 17Of Presumption
  • 18Of Giving the Lie
  • 19Of Liberty of Conscience
  • 20That we Taste nothing pure
  • 21Against Idleness
  • 22Of Posting
  • 23Of Ill Means Employed to a Good End
  • 24Of the Roman Grandeur
  • 25Not to Counterfeit Being Sick
  • 26Of Thumbs
  • 27Cowardice the Mother of Cruelty
  • 28All Things Have Their Season
  • 29Of Virtue
  • 30Of a Monstrous Child
  • 31Of Anger
  • 32Defence of Seneca and Plutarch
  • 33The Story of Spurina
  • 34Observation on the Means to Carry on a War According to Julius Caesar
  • 35Of Three Good Women
  • 36Of the Most Excellent Men
  • 37Of the Resemblance of Children to Their Fathers

Book 3

  • 1Of Profit and Honesty
  • 2Of Repentance
  • 3Of Three Commerces
  • 4Of Diversion
  • 5Of Some Verses of Virgil
  • 6Of Coaches
  • 7Of the Inconvenience of Greatness
  • 8Of the Art of Conference
  • 9Of Vanity
  • 10Of Managing the Will
  • 11Of Cripples
  • 12Of Physiognomy
  • 13Of Experience

This is the table of contents of Charles Cotton’s 1686 translation of Michel de Montaigne’s Essays.

The table of contents of other editions is also available, including that of HyperEssays’s ongoing translation, John Florio’s 1603 translation, and the original Middle French edition.