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Erasmus—The Adagia, and the Assimilation of the Literary Culture of Classical Antiquity

(666 words)

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew
¶ Erasmus’s handling of the usage, meaning and application of the proverbs and popular sayings of antiquity in the Adagia made his literary reputation. The 818 short entries published in Paris as the Collectanea in 1500 were vastly e…

Printing Centres—Venice: Aldus Manutius and the Aldine Press

(1,872 words)

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew
¶ Although it was at Subiaco near Rome in 1465 that the first books were printed in Italy, it was in Venice that printing first became firmly established. The success of the enterprise depended, as the…

More, Thomas

(2,700 words)

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew
¶ Thomas More (1477/8–1535) received a good grammar school education before serving as a page for two years in the Lambeth Palace household of Henry VII’s Lord Chancellor, John Morton, Archbishop of Ca…

Print and Pedagogy

(1,967 words)

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew
¶ Educational reform was one of the central concerns of the Renaissance. Before the advent of printing, Italian humanists led the way in composing treatises outlining a rhetorical education in the Lati…

Textual Transaction and Transformation in the Renaissance Printed Book

(11,123 words)

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew
¶ The far-reaching transformation of the literary and scholarly cultures of the Renaissance engendered by the invention of printing was more a slow and in many ways unpredictable realisation and releas…

The Typography of Renaissance Humanism

(990 words)

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew
¶ Renaissance humanists and the printers of their works developed typefaces to express their cultural commitments. The scribal hands they encountered in the venerable manuscripts of the works of antiqu…