Plato in Renaissance England

Plato in Renaissance England

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This book offers a radical reappraisal of the reputation of Plato in England between 1423 and 1603. Using many materials not hitherto available, including evidence of book publishing and book ownership, together with a comprehensive survey of allusions to Plato, the author shows that the English were far less interested in Plato than most historians have thought. Although the English, like the French, knew the `court' Plato as well as the `school' Plato, the English published only two works by Plato during this period, while the French published well over 100 editions, including several of the complete Works. In England allusions to Plato occur more often in prose writers such as Whetstone, Green, and Lodge, than in poets like Spenser and Chapman. Sidney did take his `Stella' from Plato, but most English allusions to Plato were taken not directly from Plato or from Ficino, but from other authors, especially Mornay, Nani-Mirabelli, Ricchieri, Steuco, and Tixier.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 15.7mm | 498.96g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1995 ed.
  • XX, 204 p.
  • 0792330609
  • 9780792330608

Table of contents

Epistle Dedicatorie. To the General Reader. Part I: The Pre-Tudor Phase (1423--1485). 1. The Chrysoloras Revival of Plato in Italy. 2. The Chrysoloras Revival in England. 3. The Relapse into Medievalism. Part II: The Tudor Phase (1485--1603). 1. The Pletho Revival of Plato in Italy. 2. The Early Tudors (1485--1558). 3. The Early Years of Elizabeth (1558--1578). 4. The Later Years of Elizabeth (1579--1603). Epilogue: The Stuart Phase (1603--1700). Appendices: 1. Works of Plato in England (1423--1485). 2. Social Status of Tudor Writers. List of Tables. Abbreviations. Bibliography. Index of Proper Names.
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