By Alessandra Petrina
This quantity is an research of the improvement of cultural politics in Lancastrian England. It focusses on Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, brother of Henry V and Protector of britain in the course of Henry VI's minority. Humphrey's highbrow job conformed itself to the Duke's personal place within the nation: the booklet explores Humphrey's fee of biographies, translations of Latin texts, political pamphlets and poems, in addition to his choice of manuscripts bought either in England and from Italian humanists. specific recognition is devoted to Humphrey's donations to the collage of Oxford and to his family members with English poets and translators, resembling John Lydgate and Thomas Hoccleve, highlighting his contribution in the direction of the making of the nation's cultural autonomy.
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His 1913 book in particular is a useful guide to a number of texts that are largely ignored by the majority of literary critics and that can offer a great help towards the understanding of the intellectual development and the concept of history in the late Middle Ages in England. It is a careful survey of all the fifteenth-century historical literature that is still extant: chronicles, biographies, letters, and even poems and ballads containing historical allusions. ”31 Of particular importance is his reading of Tito Livio Frulovisi’s Vita Henrici Quinti as having “a distinct influence in the development of English historical literature”32—a point that has often been made subsequently, even if Frulovisi is far from claiming the title of first humanist historian in England, a title unanimously attributed to Polydore Vergil.
A Volume of Memorial Essays from his Friends in England, ed. J. Gordon, London: Thomas Nelson, 1957: 218–27; “The Private Collector and the Revival of Greek Learning”, in The English Library before 1700, ed. by F. E. Wright, London, 1958: 112–35; “Portrait of a Bibliophile XI: Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, d. 1447,” The Book Collector 13: 1964, 161–70. 41 See, for instance, a typescript with a partial transcription of Frulovisi’s Hunfroidos, together with a communication of another scholar (probably Butler) to Weiss, entitled “Reflections on the work of a certain Tito Livio di Forli by one who is of opinion that either the aforesaid Tito or he himself should never have been born”, now at the Warburg Institute, London.
In most cases, there seems to be little, if any, awareness of the links between the “Italian” activity of the Duke of Gloucester—his correspondence with Italian humanists, his acquisition of manuscripts from Northern Italy to furnish the depleted Oxford chests—and his “English” patronage, whose existence and continuity is demonstrated by the numerous dedications and allusions of contemporary poets. S. 61 It is a gallery of portraits, mainly belonging to the fifteenth-century, and the tone tends to be discursive, since the book is meant for the general reader rather than for the student or scholar of medieval literature.