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

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 state: the ebook explores Humphrey's fee of biographies, translations of Latin texts, political pamphlets and poems, in addition to his choice of manuscripts obtained either in England and from Italian humanists. specific cognizance is devoted to Humphrey's donations to the collage of Oxford and to his family members with English poets and translators, resembling John Lydgate and Thomas Hoccleve, highlighting his contribution in the direction of the making of the nation's cultural autonomy.

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This seems to be a common trait of most early scholars investigating the English fifteenth century: Duke Humphrey is generally seen as an extraordinary and perhaps unmerited gift to the budding English humanists, and there is no further exploration into his motives apart from a generic admiration for his devoted activity: That he was a patron of letters and more than a dilettante is amply attested, and of his taste there can be no doubt. Nor was his patronage a pose adopted for the popularity it would bring.

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. XV”, Giornale Storico della Letteratura Italiana 103: 1934, 55–73. 8 Toynbee, Paget, Dante in English Literature from Chaucer to Cary (c. 1380–1844), London: Methuen, 1909, pp. 20–22; “The Dante MSS. ”, The Times Literary Supplement, 22 April 1920, 256. E. Craster, “Index to Duke Humphrey’s Gifts to the Old Library of the University in 1439, 1441, and 1444”, Bodleian Quarterly Record 1: 1914–16, 131–35.

34 28   corrected some of its assumptions,38 attempted a re-definition of English humanism. ”39 Wright’s revaluation of the third quarter of the fifteenth century, and her identification of a pattern of continuity between the early and the later period, give the reader a series of useful indications for a better understanding of the intellectual climate of the English fifteenth century: she correctly stresses the importance not only of the muchmentioned Council of Constance, but also of the later Council of Basel, and of the occasions the latter offered for the exchange of ideas and books.

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