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The Circulation and Use of Humanist 'Miscellanies' in England

Rundle, David (2016) 'The Circulation and Use of Humanist 'Miscellanies' in England.' Mélanges de l’École française de Rome – Moyen Âge, 128 (1). ISSN 1123-9883

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England may have been physically remote from the acknowledged centres of production of humanist texts but that did not make it peripheral to the humanist enterprise. This article highlights both the speed with which texts could travel and the vitality of English interest in these works through detailed discussion of a cluster of what are often called ‘miscellanies’. It begins with one owned by Pietro del Monte (d. 1457) which was copied for William Gray, future bishop of Ely (d. 1478), and considers the influence of that copy on collections constructed in mid-fifteenth-century Oxford. In so doing, it argues that the term ‘miscellany’ drains these compilations of their significance as constructions providing insight into how these readers and scribes construed humanism from afar.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humanism, studia humanitatis, littera antiqua, humanist book-hand, Oxford, William Gray (bishop of Ely), Pietro del Monte (bishop of Brescia), Leonardo Bruni, Giannozzo Manetti, Guarino da Verona, Giovanni Aurispa, John Tiptoft (earl of Worcester), John Manyngham.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: David Rundle
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 12:47
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2018 12:04

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