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By Alessandra Petrina

This quantity is an research of the advance 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 nation: the e-book explores Humphrey's fee of biographies, translations of Latin texts, political pamphlets and poems, in addition to his choice of manuscripts got either in England and from Italian humanists. specific awareness is devoted to Humphrey's donations to the college of Oxford and to his family 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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Yet a serious fault of this definition is that it is a description rather than a definition, and a description of one of the possible forms of humanism. Once used as a postulate and applied to a European perspective, it inevitably describes the shortcomings of English humanism; it postulates Italy as a model. The reference to classical studies and to the fear of Weiss, Humanism in England, p. 1. Paul Oskar Kristeller, “Humanism and Scholasticism in the Italian Renaissance,” Byzantion 17: 1944–5, 346–75, reprinted in Renaissance Thought and its Sources, ed.

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In a word, Rossi still keeps faithful to that distinction between barbaric Middle Ages and civilised humanism that confuses, more than anything, our understanding of the latter, since it stops us from seeing the intellectual progress of the late Middle Ages as the natural prologue to the development of humanism—a particularly surprising fallacy in a critic who was, after all, very well acquainted at least with fourteenth- and fifteenth-century literature in England, if not with its intellectual history, and who had made a specific study of the poetic production of Scottish humanism.

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