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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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Petrarch and the ‘barbari Britanni’

Petrarch and the ‘barbari Britanni’

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Petrarch in Britain

Piero Boitani

British Academy

This chapter examines Petrarch's thoughts on the people he called ‘barbari Britanni’. It charts the humanist's changing view of those whom he initially termed ‘timidissimi barbarorum’ and whom he criticised since Britain was the home of Aristotelian logic and highlights his admiration for his bookish English contemporary and correspondent Richard de Bury. It also discusses Petrarch's admiration for English military superiority over the French.

Keywords:   Petrarch, barbari Britanni, humanist, timidissimi barbarorum, Britain, Aristotelian logic, Richard de Bury, military superiority, English

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