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John of Salisbury and the medieval Roman renaissance$
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Irene O'Daly

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526109491

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526109491.001.0001

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John of Salisbury and the medieval Roman renaissance

Irene O'Daly

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the life and works of John of Salisbury, as well as an overview of existing scholarship on this key figure of the twelfth-century Renaissance. It presents the method of the study, namely to look at John of Salisbury’s writings in the context in which they were produced, as well as introducing the principal argument of the monograph - that John’s works were influenced by Roman Stoic writing to a degree that has thus far been underestimated. It concludes by investigating annotations appended to early examples of John’s Policraticus, suggesting they provide an insight into how the text was first read.

Keywords:   Education, Twelfth-Century Renaissance, Political Thought, Manuscripts

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