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By Ernest R. Holloway III

The highbrow legacy of Andrew Melville (1545-1622) as a pacesetter of the Renaissance and a promoter of humanism in Scotland has been obscured through "the Melville legend." in order to dispense with 'the Melville of renowned mind's eye' and recuperate 'the Melville of heritage, ' this paintings situates his existence and suggestion in the broader context of the northern ecu Renaissance and French humanism and significantly re-evaluates the first historic records of the interval, particularly James Melville's Autobiography and Diary and the Melvini epistolae. through contemplating Melville as a humanist, college reformer, ecclesiastical statesman, and guy, an attempt has been made to figure out his contribution to the flowering of the Renaissance and the expansion of humanism in Scotland through the early glossy interval.

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New Light on Medieval Aberdeen (Aberdeen, 1985); Charles H. , 1971), 72–84; Gordon Donaldson, “Scotland’s Conservative North in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries” in Scottish Church History (Edinburgh, 1985), 191–203.

Cf. Eugene F. T. , 1965), 447–464. 153 The new method of the humanists amounted to a new “historicalmindedness” which endeavored to understand these classical texts in historical perspective, taking into account context, historical circumstances, and authorial intention. 156 There are several senses in which we may speak of Melville as a humanist. First and most obviously, he was a classical humanist who devoted himself to the mastery of the Greek and Latin languages and literature, taught these languages and literature, and cultivated the art of Latin poetry throughout his long life.

77, 27. 36 chapter two While James Melville’s work is exceedingly valuable, especially regarding the early years of Melville’s life, the Diary (1602) and True Narratioune (1610) are not without their own historical discrepancies and errors and thus must be consulted critically and cautiously. 6 While it is certainly possible that Johnston himself is mistaken, it would not be the first time James Melville confused dates. ”8 James also mistakenly identified 1578 as the year Melville first published his Carmen Mosis.

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