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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 publication explores Humphrey's fee of biographies, translations of Latin texts, political pamphlets and poems, in addition to his selection of manuscripts obtained either in England and from Italian humanists. specific realization is devoted to Humphrey's donations to the college of Oxford and to his relatives 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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Cultural Politics in Fifteenth-Century England: The Case of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History)

This quantity is an research of the improvement 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 country: the ebook explores Humphrey's fee of biographies, translations of Latin texts, political pamphlets and poems, in addition to his selection of manuscripts bought either in England and from Italian humanists.

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C. 55 The 51 “Quapropter, cum [. ] forte Titi Livii libros ex latino in gallico sermone conversos legerem . ” (Therefore, as I was reading Lyvy’s books translated from Latin into French . ). The letter is quoted in Sammut, pp. 215–6. 52 Fritz Caspari, Humanism and the Social Order in Tudor England, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1954. 53 Gray, Douglas, “Humanism and Humanisms in the Literature of Late Medieval England”, in Italy and the English Renaissance, ed. by S. Rossi and D. Savoia.

A similar note is struck by some of the studies the Italian scholar Sergio Rossi has devoted to the subject. An excellent literary critic, and a student of early modern English letters who has given some important contributions to the field, Rossi seems less at ease when analysing the Lancastrian era, and cannot escape a few clichés. In particular, analysing the much-discussed episode of Poggio Bracciolini’s arrival in England, Rossi sees in his subsequent disappointment and in the partial failure of this first cultural contact the proof of an irredeemable chasm between England and Italy.

An excellent literary critic, and a student of early modern English letters who has given some important contributions to the field, Rossi seems less at ease when analysing the Lancastrian era, and cannot escape a few clichés. In particular, analysing the much-discussed episode of Poggio Bracciolini’s arrival in England, Rossi sees in his subsequent disappointment and in the partial failure of this first cultural contact the proof of an irredeemable chasm between England and Italy. In a 1969 essay he makes the basic assumption that Lancastrian England was still barbarian, completely passive and incapable of amelioration from the point of view of cultural development: Il primo Quattrocento dunque, avvolto ancora in una atmosfera feudale e legato a una concezione aristocratica e ritualistica della vita, dimostra come il mondo inglese conservi qualcosa di ‘barbaro’, termine Mitteilungen 71: 1970, 146–57), warns the readers against this attitude, rightly noting the fundamental differences between the literary scenes of the various centuries.

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