Renaissance

A Place for Study

Academics may not pay enough attention to physical space. The crucial question is whether one has a space that is conducive to rigorous intellectual labor. Humanist pedagogues, ever eager to seize the least scrap of productivity, were keenly interested in this topic. Here are some recommendations from Heinrich Bullinger...

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Book Review: Sacred History by Van Liere et al.

Van Liere, Katherine, Simon Ditchfield, and Howard Louthan, eds. Sacred History: Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. What if ecclesiastical history in the era after the Reformation was not just a detour or even an impediment to “modern” secular history, but rather a...

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The Printing Revolution: Miracle of the Standardized Text

In my first article on the printing revolution, I explored Elizabeth Eisenstein’s assertion that what rendered printing a powerful new commercial industry was the reduction of man-hours needed to produce a high volume of copies. Now I want to turn my focus to how printing transformed the intellectual culture of Europe. Between...

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