A Palace in the Wild

A Palace in the Wild

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The essays in this collection share an overall purpose: they aim to shed new light on Scottish culture during the century and a half (1475-1625) which saw the full emergence of Scotland as a player on the European political and cultural stages. Throughout the book, awareness of the larger European background is considered an essential element in the proper appraisal of the productions of Scottish culture. Topics discussed include: the Scottish reception of, and participation in, general humanist learning; the impact of Burgundian patterns of late-medieval piety; international diplomacy; courtly culture under Kings James III, IV, V and VI, and Mary Stuart; poetry and politics; law; libraries; and historiography. The contributions in this volume offer innovative contextualisations and interpretations of many canonical works of Scottish culture; at the same time they also seek to expand that canon by examining several less familiar artistic productions. All those interested in the cultural changes inherent in the transition from the late-medieval to the early modern periods, and in the Northern manifestations of the European Renaissance, will find much of interest in this book. In the words of R.L. Stevenson, the cultural achievement of Scotland during this period may be described as constituting a metaphoric qpalace in the wild.qEssays on Vernacular Culture and Humanism in Late-medieval and Renaissance Scotland L. A. J. R. Houwen, Alasdair A. MacDonald, Sally Mapstone. came to be latgely ... extinguished [...), and so that thete should not be a lack of illusttious domestic examples by which those Scots who have nowadays tutned away from theit ancestotsa#39; ttue teligion, [...] and who have foolishly gone asttay [...] into theanbsp;...

Title:A Palace in the Wild
Author:L. A. J. R. Houwen, Alasdair A. MacDonald, Sally Mapstone
Publisher:Peeters Publishers - 2000


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