Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Cultural Politics in Fifteenth-Century England: The Case of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester

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Februar 2004



This volume is an analysis of the development of cultural politics in Lancastrian England. It focusses on Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, brother of Henry V and Protector of England during Henry VI's minority. Humphrey's intellectual activity conformed itself to the Duke's own position in the kingdom: the book explores Humphrey's commission of biographies, translations of Latin texts, political pamphlets and poems, as well as his collection of manuscripts acquired both in England and from Italian humanists. Particular attention is dedicated to Humphrey's donations to the University of Oxford and to his relations with English poets and translators, such as John Lydgate and Thomas Hoccleve, highlighting his contribution towards the making of the nation's cultural autonomy.


Foreword List of Illustrations Introduction: A definition of humanism in early fifteenth-century England
1. Roberto Weiss's inheritance and the current state of studies
2. The beginning of humanism in England
3. A sense of history: Duke Humphrey living and writing his own times
4. "Thair librair vniuersal": Collecting and donating books
5. Curiosity and erudite humanism: Duke Humphrey as a patron of letters Bibliography Primary sources Studies Index


Alessandra Petrina, Ph.D. (1995) in English Literature, University of Venice, is senior lecturer of English Literature at the University of Padua. She has published on late-medieval and Renaissance literature, including the monograph The Kingis Quair of James I of Scotland (1997).
EAN: 9789004137134
ISBN: 9004137130
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 388 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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