Tudor Historical Thought by F.J. LevyTudor Historical Thought by F.J. Levy

Tudor Historical Thought

byF.J. Levy

Paperback | February 27, 2004

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Tudor Historical Thought is a revealing account of vital changes in intellectual orientation. Originally published in 1967, F.J. Levy's seminal work explores the factors – humanism, theology, antiquarianism, Machiavellianism – that brought about the changes in historical thinking from the time of Caxton to that of Bacon, Raleigh, and Camden.

Earlier, the study of the past was justified on utilitarian grounds, and the purpose of history writing was didactic. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, chroniclers exemplified the workings of Providence and taught personal morality; a hundred years later, however, the idea of teaching practical statecraft had been introduced. The Italian humanists emphasized the political aspects of man, and made the active citizen rather than the cloistered monk their ideal. That citizen needed guidance, and it was the duty of the historian to supply it. Questions of politics, which had been important for nearly half a century, suddenly were placed at the centre, and with that a new kind of history writing appeared in England.

An essential text in Renaissance historiography, Tudor Historical Thought will now be available to a new generation of scholars.

F.J. Levy is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Washington.
Title:Tudor Historical ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:317 pages, 8.99 × 6.04 × 0.88 inPublished:February 27, 2004Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802037755

ISBN - 13:9780802037756

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