This volume brings together essays on the intellectual, cultural and social history of the Italian Renaissance, areas of inquiry that Paul F. Grendler has done so much to develop through the decades. The various authors address issues in the diffusion of Renaissance culture through a broad range of formal and informal means, including schools, plays, public rituals, and disciplinary tribunals. In so doing, they illustrate how the values, pursuits, and dreams of the studia humanitatis and of a broadranging Christian-humanist reform took hold and flourished through an interplay of formal and informal means of spreading ideas in the Renaissance and on to the present day.
“This is indeed a thoughtful orchestration of material, both topically and in the way each section contains essays by contributors who stand in varying relationships to Paul Grendler—students, departmental colleagues, research friends. A fitting tribute, to be sure, and one that those who have profited from Grendler’s work will value.”
- M. Michèle Mulchahey, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto
“Paul Grendler is an extraordinarily productive historian who in many ways shaped the fields of Renaissance education and censorship. The essays take up some of the central themes of his work: education, the politics of humanism, the reform, the reception of art. The chronological focus and intersecting themes give this fine volume coherence.”
- Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara
Konrad Eisenbichler is professor of renaissance studies and past director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College, University of Toronto.
Nicholas Terpstra is professor of history and co-ordinator of the Renaissance Studies Program at Victoria College, University of Toronto.
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