The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools and Studies. Essays in Honour of Paul F. Grendler

Edited by Konrad Eisenbichler and Nicholas Terpstra - ES16

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This volume brings together essays on the intellectual, cultural and social history of the Italian Renaissance, areas of inquiry that Paul F. Grendler has done so much to develop through the decades. The various authors address issues in the diffusion of Renaissance culture through a broad range of formal and informal means, including schools, plays, public rituals, and disciplinary tribunals. In so doing, they illustrate how the values, pursuits, and dreams of the studia humanitatis and of a broad-ranging Christian-humanist reform took hold and flourished through interplay of formal and informal means of spreading ideas in the Renaissance and on to the present day.

Konrad Eisenbichler is professor of Renaissance studies and past director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

Nicholas Terpstra is professor of history and co-ordinator of the Renaissance Studies Program at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

373 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7727-2042-9 softcover, 978-0-7727-2044-3 hardcover
Published: 2008


Canadian Journal of History, 45:2 (Autumn 2010), pp. 361-363. Reviewed by Androniki Dialeti.

The Catholic Historical Review, 95:2 (April 2009), pp. 345-347. Reviewed by Adriano Prosperi.

The Sixteenth Century Journal, 41:2 (Summer 2010), pp. 544-545. Reviewed by Martin W. Walsh. (Hard copy available at CRRS.)

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (May 2009). Reviewed by Julie Tanaka.

Italica, 86:4 (Winter 2009), pp. 750-752. Reviewed by Mary Watt.

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 60:4 (October 2009), pp. 814-815. Reviewed by Jonathan Woolfson.

Parergon, 26:2 (July 2009), pp. 170-171. Reviewed by Frances Muecke.

Renaissance Quarterly, 61:4 (Winter 2008), pp. 1210-1211. Reviewed by Christopher Carlsmith.



Nicholas Terpstra, “Roads to the Renaissance: An Introductory Note”

Bibliography of the Works of Paul F. Grendler, 1962-2007

I. The Varieties of Teaching
1. Margaret L. King, “The School of Infancy: The Emergence of Mother as Teacher in Early Modern Times”
2. Mark A. Lewis, S.J. “The Jesuit Institutionalization of the Studia Humanitatis: Two Jesuit Humanists at Naples”

II. Humanism and Politics
3. Ronald G. Witt, “The Early Communal Historians, Forerunners of the Italian Humanists”
4. Mary Hewlett, “Fortune’s Fool: The Influence of Humanism on Francesco Burlamacchi, ‘Hero’ of Lucca”
5. Nicholas Terpstra, “Catechizing in Prison and on the Gallows in Renaissance Italy: The Politics of Comforting the Condemned”

III. Shaping Reform
6. Thomas Deutscher, “The Bishop’s Tribunal and the Laity: The Diocese of Novara, 1563 to 1615”
7. Paul V. Murphy, “‘Your Indies’: The Jesuit Mission at the Santa Casa di Loreto in the Sixteenth Century”
8. James K. Farge, “The Origins and Development of Censorship in France”

IV. Art and Life
9. Konrad Eisenbichler, “How Bartolomeo Saw a Play”
10. Anthonio Santosuosso, “A Society in Disarray: Satirical Poets and Mannerist Painters in the Age of the Italian Wars”
11. Erika Rummel, “Cardinal Cisneros as Dramatic Hero: Enlightened Statesman or Miracle Worker?”

V. The Renaissance in the Modern World
12. John O’Malley, “Paul Grendler and the Triumph of the Renaissance: A Reminiscence and Some Thoughts”
13. William J. Callahan, “Loving the Renaissance: Paul Grendler at the University of Toronto”