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Beginning as a movement based on the recovery of ancient texts, and archaeological study, humanism turned into a dynamic cultural program, influencing almost every facet of the intellectual life of the Renaissance. The fourteen original essays in this volume deal with all aspects of the movement, from its origins in Italy to its manifestation in the literature of More, Sidney and Shakespeare. Overall, The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism provides a comprehensive introduction to a major movement in the culture of early modern Europe.
1. The origins of humanism Nicholas Mann; 2. Classical scholarship Michael D. Reeve; 3. Humanism in script and print in the fifteenth century Martin Davies; 4. The humanist reform of Latin and Latin teaching Kristian Jensen; 5. Humanist rhetoric and logic Peter Mack; 6. Humanists and the Bible Alistair Hamilton; 7. Humanism and the origins of modern political thought James Hankins; 8. Philologists and philosophers Jill Kraye; 9. Artists and humanists Charles Hope and Elizabeth McGrath; 10. Vernacular humanism in the sixteenth century Warren Boutcher; 11. The new science and the traditions of humanism Anthony Grafton; 12. Humanism and Italian literature M. L. McLaughlin; 13. Humanism and English literature in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Clare Carroll; 14. Humanism and seventeenth-century English literature Joseph Loewenstein; A guide to further reading in English; Biographical index.