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Impact of Humanism on Western Europe

A Goodman

Impact of Humanism on Western Europe

A Goodman

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The 'Book of Margery Kempe', whose two parts were completed in King's Lynn (Norfolk) in 1463 and 1438, in part comprises autbiographical descriptions of the mystical imtimations of a lady born into a leading port's stately but troubled elite. These episodes are interlinked with equally dramatic accounts of mundane experiences, in Margery's home town, in many English regions, and as far afield as Brandenburg, Rome and Jerusalem. The heroine's determination to flout conventions and to marginalise herself lead to hair-raising escapades, related with as graphic and zstful intensity worthy of a picaresque novel. The Book has been much used to illustrate problems of status and marriage among medieval women: the figure of Margery has become something of a gender icon. The present study focuses on The Book's content and themes in relation to their social, cultural and political settings. It highlights the text's value as an expression of urban mentalities, and as a reflection of pressing concerns in Lancastrian England - issues such as those of religious authority commmunal harmony and national identity. It is argued that the feminised mode of devotion commended in The Book represents a sophisticated pious amalgam promoted by a group of Lynn clergy in order to counter the attraction of Lolardy, and to stimulate a reformation which might redefine and reinvigorate traditional values. Anthony Goodman is Professor of Medieval and Renaissance History in the University of Edinburgh.

- Publisher An up-to-date synthesis of the spread and impact of humanism in Europe. A team of Renaissance scholars of international reputation including Peter Burke, Sydney Anglo, George Holmes and Geoffrey Elton, offers the student, academic and general reader an up-to-date synthesis of our current understanding of the spread and impact of humanism in Europe. Taken together, these essays throw a new and searching light on the Renaissance as a European phenomenon.

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The 'Book of Margery Kempe', whose two parts were completed in King's Lynn (Norfolk) in 1463 and 1438, in part comprises autbiographical descriptions of the mystical imtimations of a lady born into a leading port's stately but troubled elite. These episodes are interlinked with equally dramatic accounts of mundane experiences, in Margery's home town, in many English regions, and as far afield as Brandenburg, Rome and Jerusalem. The heroine's determination to flout conventions and to marginalise herself lead to hair-raising escapades, related with as graphic and zstful intensity worthy of a picaresque novel. The Book has been much used to illustrate problems of status and marriage among medieval women: the figure of Margery has become something of a gender icon. The present study focuses on The Book's content and themes in relation to their social, cultural and political settings. It highlights the text's value as an expression of urban mentalities, and as a reflection of pressing concerns in Lancastrian England - issues such as those of religious authority commmunal harmony and national identity. It is argued that the feminised mode of devotion commended in The Book represents a sophisticated pious amalgam promoted by a group of Lynn clergy in order to counter the attraction of Lolardy, and to stimulate a reformation which might redefine and reinvigorate traditional values. Anthony Goodman is Professor of Medieval and Renaissance History in the University of Edinburgh.
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An up-to-date synthesis of the spread and impact of humanism in Europe. A team of Renaissance scholars of international reputation including Peter Burke, Sydney Anglo, George Holmes and Geoffrey Elton, offers the student, academic and general reader an up-to-date synthesis of our current understanding of the spread and impact of humanism in Europe. Taken together, these essays throw a new and searching light on the Renaissance as a European phenomenon.
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Table Of Contents

  • The Spread Of Italian Humanism, Peter Burke
  • Humanism And Reform Movements, Peter Matheson
  • Humanism And Political Thought, Richard Tuck
  • Humanism And The Court Arts, Sydney Anglo
  • Humanism, Magic And Science, Anthony Grafton
  • Humanism In Italy, George Holmes
  • Humanism In The Low Countries, James Cameron
  • Humanism In France, Jean-claude Margolin
  • Humanism In Germany, Lewis Spitz
  • Humanism In The Iberian Peninsula, Jeremy Lawrance
  • Humanism In England, Geoffrey Elton.

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  • Catalogue Code 72585
  • Product Code 0582503310
  • EAN 9780582503311
  • Pages 308
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Longman
  • Publication Date Feb 1990
  • Dimensions 235 x 159 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.522kg

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