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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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Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England

Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England

(p.203) 12 Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England
Petrarch in Britain

Michael Wyatt

British Academy

This chapter examines the traces of Petrarchism in England during the early modern period. It discusses Roger Ascham's attack on Petrarch, Elizabeth Tudor's translation of the first ninety lines of Petrarch's Trionfo dell'Eternità, and Arundel Harrington's rewriting of the Vita Solitaria. It suggests that it was Petrarch's versatility and elusiveness that allowed so many different versions of him to circulate in the early modern period.

Keywords:   Petrarchism, England, early modern period, Roger Ascham, Elizabeth Tudor, Trionfo dell'Eternitá, Arundel Harrington, Vita Solitaria

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