By G. R. Potter, Denys Hay
In a preface written for the paperback variation, Professor Hay examines a number of the adjustments in Renaissance scholarship because the first booklet of this quantity in 1957. Successive chapters research the social and fiscal constitution of a continent approximately to set up exchange and colonies within the New global, the highbrow and creative routine which made up the Renaissance, the placement of the Church at the eve of the Reformation, the political inheritance of the center a long time, with its emerging kingdom states, and the expansion of the Ottoman Empire
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They must be content to set out their own thought without reserve and to respect the differences which they cannot eradicate. In Lord Acton's plan for the History there were some impressive and characteristic sentences about the concept of general history. Universal history [he wrote] is not the sum of all particular histories, and ought to be contemplated, first, in its distinctive essence, as Renaissance, Reformation, Religious Wars, Absolute Monarchy, Revolution, etc. The several countries may or may not contribute to feed the main stream, and the distribution of matter must be made accordingly.
323 n. 14 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 INTRODUCTION posed to a reception of humanism—the bourgeois values of the Low Countries, the progress to realism in much of northern art, a hostility among some mystics to the pedantries of the schoolmen—it seems odd that there is no humanism to speak of in fifteenth-century England (p. 55), hardly any in France and in Germany little till the end of the century. What the north for long saw in the trecento and quattrocento was only the integument of humanism, not its spirit: a fondness for Latinising and for classical motifs, not an understanding of the moral values of antiquity which had inspired the main humanists in the peninsula.
Ferguson, p. 83. II Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 THE RENAISSANCE Groups of mystical associates, beghards and beguines, were particularly numerous in western Germany and the Low Countries; sometimes they were encouraged by the local ordinary, sometimes they were persecuted. The laity who more and more took the lead in such associations were largely urban, and shared that traditional hostility to the religious to which literary sources are a regular witness, from the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales to the Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles and the Colloquies of Erasmus.