By Ernest R. Holloway III
The highbrow legacy of Andrew Melville (1545-1622) as a pacesetter of the Renaissance and a promoter of humanism in Scotland has been obscured by way of "the Melville legend." on the way to dispense with 'the Melville of well known mind's eye' and get well 'the Melville of historical past, ' this paintings situates his existence and proposal in the broader context of the northern ecu Renaissance and French humanism and seriously re-evaluates the first old files of the interval, specifically James Melville's Autobiography and Diary and the Melvini epistolae. by way of contemplating Melville as a humanist, college reformer, ecclesiastical statesman, and guy, an attempt has been made to figure out his contribution to the flowering of the Renaissance and the expansion of humanism in Scotland through the early glossy interval.
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Extra resources for Andrew Melville and Humanism in Renaissance Scotland 1545-1622 (Studies in the History of Christian Traditions)
Grafton, Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical Scholarship Textual Criticism and Exegesis Vol. I (Oxford, 1983); “Joseph Scaliger’s Edition of Catullus (1577) and the Traditions of Textual Criticism in the Renaissance,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 38 (1975): 155–181; “Joseph Scaliger and Historical Chronology: The Rise and Fall of a Discipline,” History and Theory, 14 (May, 1975), 156–185. 119 â•‡ McGinnis and Williamson, George Buchanan: The Political Poetry, 116.
111 In these respects it seems clear that Melville occupied a place of literary prominence as a court poet composing and orally delivering his Latin verses on special occasions. Melville’s literary status was confirmed by the visit of the French Huguenot poet Guillaume de Salluste du Bartas to Scotland in 1587. James revealed his own estimation of Melville’s abilities when he brought â•‡ McGinnis and Williamson, George Buchanan: The Political Poetry, 31. â•‡ Adams, “The Renaissance Poets: (2) Latin,” 82; Bradner, Musae Anglicanae: A History of Anglo-Latin Poetry 1500–1925, 152.
D. LXXIIII. 4 5 the formative years (1545–1563/4) 37 conflicting evidence and occasional inaccuracies, James Melville’s Diary and True Narratioune remain a substantially reliable source of information, providing insight and knowledge unavailable in other sources and documents of the period. The value of the Diary and True Narratioune for reassessing Melville’s contribution to the Renaissance in Scotland may be seen especially in his unique qualifications as an author. James Melville’s intimate association with his uncle, his role within the intellectual and religious life of Scotland, and his remarkable attention to detail peculiarly qualified him to write not only a narrative history of the period but an account of his uncle’s role within it.
Andrew Melville and Humanism in Renaissance Scotland 1545-1622 (Studies in the History of Christian Traditions) by Ernest R. Holloway III