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16th Century lit.: Roman poet, Virgil characterized Britain as wild and set apart from the other countries of Europe More people left than came = diversity Thomas more’s Utopia was in Latin rather than English The Court and the City: Development of English lang. In 16th century corresponds with consolidation and strengthening of English state Wars of roses had kept country apart(York vs Lancaster) Henry VII was first settled monarch in 1485=Reign of Tudor dynasty Elizabeth I brought absolutism = greater national power Court culture shapes country as a whole, whatever the court likes the country gets No free speech so entertainment became outlet for rebel Machiavelli wrote Il Principe or The Prince Count Baldassare Castiglione il Cortegiano/the Courtier Best poets of the time were courtiers since needed the lang. Skills to present themselves in a flattering matter William Claxton = movable type = literacy goes up bc cheaper, more and easier to get Renaissance Humanism: Recovery of classic works (Roman and Greek) Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Mirandola ( Oration on the dignity of Man )
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