Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAnn Moss

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This is the first comprehensive study of the Renaissance commonplace-book.Commonplace-books were the information-organizers of Early Modern Europe, notebooks of quotations methodically arranged for easy retrieval. From their first introduction to the rudiments of Latin to the specialized studies of leisure reading of their later years, the pupils of humanist schools weretrained to use commonplace-books, which formed an immensely important element of Renaissance education. The common-place book mapped and resourced Renaissance culture's moral thinking, its accepted strategies of argumentation, its rhetoric, and its deployment of knowledge. In this ground-breakingstudy Ann Moss investigates the commonplace-book's medieval antecedents, its methodology and use as promulgated by its humanist advocates, its varieties as exemplified in its printed manifestations, and the reasons for its gradual decline in the seventeenth century. The book covers the Latinculture of Early Modern Europe and its vernacular counterparts and continuations, particularly in France.Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought is much more than an account of humanist classroom practice: it is a major work of cultural history.

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Commonplace-books were the information-organizers of Early Modern Europe, notebooks of quotations methodically arranged for easy retrieval. From their first introduction to the rudiments of Latin to the specialized studies or leisure reading of their later years, the pupils of humanist schools were trained to use commonplace-books, whi...

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This is the first comprehensive study of the Renaissance commonplace-book.Commonplace-books were the information-organizers of Early Modern Europe, notebooks of quotations methodically arranged for easy retrieval. From their first introduction to the rudiments of Latin to the specialized studies of leisure reading of their later years,...

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In this ground-breaking study Ann Moss investigates the commonplace-book's medieval antecedents, it's methodology and use as promulgated by its humanist advocates, its varieties as exemplified in its printed manifestations, and the reasons for its gradual decline in the seventeenth century.

Ann Moss is at University of Durham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:358 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198159087

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Commonplace-books were the information-organizers of Early Modern Europe, notebooks of quotations methodically arranged for easy retrieval. From their first introduction to the rudiments of Latin to the specialized studies or leisure reading of their later years, the pupils of humanist schools were trained to use commonplace-books, which formed an immensely important element of Renaissance education. The commonplace-book mapped and resourced Renaissance culture's moral thinking, its accepted strategies of argumentation, its rhetoric, and its deployment of knowledge. In this ground-breaking study Ann Moss investigates the commonplace-book's medieval antecedents, its methodology and use as promulgated by its humanist advocates, its varieties as exemplified in its printed manifestations, and the reasons for its gradual decline in the seventeenth century. The book covers the Latin culture of Early Modern Europe and its vernacular counterparts and continuations, particularly in France.

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`Ann Moss provides a learned historical account of the rise and fall of the Renaissance commonplace book ... Moss has read and analyzed a very large number of original sources from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century ... this is an excellent book: it will become required readingfor anyone interested in rhetoric, Latin education, and the broader intellectual world of northern Europe during the Renaissance.'Paul F. Grendler, Renaissance Quarterly