England and the Italian Renaissance: The Growth of Interest by J.R. Hale

By J.R. Hale

England and the Italian Renaissance used to be first released in 1954 and pioneered a brand new method of comparative cultural heritage. It used to be Sir John Hale’s first significant publication and supplied the basis for his exceptional occupation as a historian of Italian background, artwork and tradition. in view that England and the Italian Renaissance is predicated on an research of fundamental fabrics and makes a speciality of perennial topics, it endures as an immense contribution to historic scholarship. The transparent, chronological narrative is superbly written and illuminates either British and Italian cultural historical past.

This fourth version encompasses a new creation through Edward Chaney who's knowledgeable on Anglo-Italian cultural kinfolk, the Grand journey and the heritage of gathering. in addition to offering an creation to the writings of John Hale and this e-book particularly, Professor Chaney surveys the scholarship of the prior 50 years and offers the reader with an updated bibliography. This revision will allow a brand new iteration of readers to get pleasure from Hale’s vintage historical past.

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20 The political activity of the Tudors on the Continent led them to seek men with experience of foreign parts and languages for diplomatic posts. 21 And every traveller could be of use to his country. In 1535 Thomas Cromwell employed Borde to sound foreign opinions of Henry VIII, and as discussion as to the advantages and drawbacks of foreign travel increased, it became clear that one motive was to be of service to one’s prince, to glean information that would later be of use and could not be come by in any other way.

Time after time poison and passion got in the way of observation. 18 Then he enters St Peter’s, and we hope for more description. But the first thing he sees is the bronze statue of St Peter and worshippers kissing its toe. From that point, there is nothing but a furious denunciation of idolatry. Thomas Palmer, writing in 1606 an Essay of the Meanes how to make our Travailes, into Forraine Countries, the more profitable and honourable, points out that as far as Italy is concerned it is safest not to travel at all.

It was already less widely known in the south than north of the Alps, and different pronunciations hampered its usefulness. By the end of the century Thomas’s prophecy had come true. His own grammar had been written at the request of a nobleman who wanted to make the most of his Italian travels. Similarly Sir Thomas Hoby, translator of Castiglione’s Courtier, made up a grammar for Sir Henry Sidney, but before long language teaching passed into the hands of professionals. 2005 4:33pm the beginnings of interest 5 ‘Familiar Talkes’ with English and Italian in parallel columns, to a full romance, the ‘fine Tuscan historie called Arnalt and Lucenda’.

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