Cultural Politics in Fifteenth-Century England: The Case of by Alessandra Petrina

By Alessandra Petrina

This quantity is an research of the improvement of cultural politics in Lancastrian England. It focusses on Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, brother of Henry V and Protector of britain in the course of Henry VI's minority. Humphrey's highbrow task conformed itself to the Duke's personal place within the state: the e-book explores Humphrey's fee of biographies, translations of Latin texts, political pamphlets and poems, in addition to his number of manuscripts bought either in England and from Italian humanists. specific consciousness is devoted to Humphrey's donations to the collage of Oxford and to his family members with English poets and translators, equivalent to John Lydgate and Thomas Hoccleve, highlighting his contribution in the direction of the making of the nation's cultural autonomy.

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Then perhaps the critical perspective Weiss employs should be referred not so much to a generic juxtaposition of Middle Ages and Renaissance, but to a narrower comparison between the Renaissance and what came immediately before it. Once again we are bound to do without separations and clear-cut oppositions: a mere survey of the fifteenth century, even in England, shows that a comparative scarcity of original literary production was abundantly compensated by scholarly research; the century presents a number of writers working on translations and commentaries, as if to prepare the way to what was to come in terms of creative writing, or to what a modern critic would consider ‘real’ literature.

Tixier, T. R. Rytting, Turnhout: Brepols, 2003: 317–28. 5 Carl Struever, Die Mittelenglische Übersetzung des Palladius. Ihr Verhältnis zur Quelle und Ihre Sprache, Halle: Ehrhardt Kanas, 1887. 20   concerning Duke Humphrey’s milieu, that the second edition would bring to light. D. L. D. C. L. Newman, “The Correspondence of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Pier Candido Decembrio”, The English Historical Review 20: 1905, 484–98. 7 Remigio Sabbadini, “Tito Livio Frulovisio umanista del sec.

The debt later students of English humanism have towards Weiss’s works is undoubtedly enormous; in no other text are we presented with such an accurate and complete survey, one of whose many merits is its plain and accessible style. However controversial his conclusions and interpretations may be, there is no doubt that throughout his work Weiss is scrupulously faithful to historical truth, so that even as a simple account of the cultural activity in fifteenth-century England the book is invaluable.

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