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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Petrarch in Britain

Martin McLaughlin

British Academy

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about British academics and critics' reflections on Italian poet Petrarch and his legacy in British culture. This book explores Petrarch's humanism and examines the ways Petrarch interacted with some of his major sources in both key Latin works and in the vernacular poetry. It discusses Petrarch's poetic legacy in the Renaissance in Italy and Great Britain and investigates how Petrarch's legacy was taken up in Britain, from the time of the first Petrarchists to the early seventeenth century after the Union of the Crowns.

Keywords:   Petrarch, Italian poet, British culture, humanism, vernacular poetry, poetic legacy, Renaissance, Italy, Great Britain, Petrarchists

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