This book traces the intellectual life of the Kingdom of Italy, the area in which humanism began in the mid thirteenth century, a century or more before exerting its influence on the rest of Europe. Covering a period of over four and a half centuries, this study offers the first integrated analysis of Latin writings produced in the area, examining not only religious, literary, and legal texts. Ronald G. Witt characterizes the changes reflected in these Latin writings as products of the interaction of thought with economic, political, and religious tendencies in Italian society as well as with intellectual influences coming from abroad. His research ultimately traces the early emergence of humanism in northern Italy in the mid thirteenth century to the precocious development of a lay intelligentsia in the region, whose participation in the culture of Latin writing fostered the beginnings of the intellectual movement which would eventually revolutionize all of Europe.
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Scott Blanchard, Misericordia University
Highly Recommended2012年9月1日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Ron Witt's book is the product of half a lifetime's dedication to the writing practices of medieval and Renaissance Italy and the institutions associated with them. His thesis, a clear affirmation of the eventual domination of lay sectors of society in the formation of early modernity, is impressive because it is grounded in carefully detailed, case-by-case examinations of intellectual figures and the learning that was passed down in the mentoring relationships of teachers and students. This is intellectual history in the tradition of E. R. Curtius, for Witt has accomplished what the most original scholarship always does - he has opened up a field neglected by many American scholars for the next generation to explore afresh. Highly recommended.
Brian P. Copenhaver
Must Read for Philosophers!2012年9月22日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Philosophers and other students of medieval thought usually see the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenh centuries from the perspective of northern France, during the era when Anselm, Abelard, Peter Lombard and the great scholastics gave Europe a new intellectual framework. Ron Witt's way of telling the story - Regnum v. Francia - creates a brand new framework for medieval and early modern cultural history: it's a triumph! Seeing these formative times as shaped by people named Anselmo, Lanfranco and Pietro rather than Lanfranc, Anselm and Pierre makes an astonishing and illuminating difference.