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Tudor Historical Thought
     

Tudor Historical Thought

by F.J. Levy
 

ISBN-10: 0802037755

ISBN-13: 9780802037756

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Tudor Historical Thought is a revealing account of vital changes in intellectual orientation. Originally published in 1967, F.J. Levy's seminal work explores the factors – humanism, theology, antiquarianism, Machiavellianism – that brought about the changes in historical thinking from the time of Caxton to that of Bacon, Raleigh, and

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Tudor Historical Thought is a revealing account of vital changes in intellectual orientation. Originally published in 1967, F.J. Levy's seminal work explores the factors – humanism, theology, antiquarianism, Machiavellianism – that brought about the changes in historical thinking from the time of Caxton to that of Bacon, Raleigh, and Camden.

Earlier, the study of the past was justified on utilitarian grounds, and the purpose of history writing was didactic. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, chroniclers exemplified the workings of Providence and taught personal morality; a hundred years later, however, the idea of teaching practical statecraft had been introduced. The Italian humanists emphasized the political aspects of man, and made the active citizen rather than the cloistered monk their ideal. That citizen needed guidance, and it was the duty of the historian to supply it. Questions of politics, which had been important for nearly half a century, suddenly were placed at the centre, and with that a new kind of history writing appeared in England.

An essential text in Renaissance historiography, Tudor Historical Thought will now be available to a new generation of scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802037756
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series , #15
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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