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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 Italian Reformation

Petrarch and the Italian Reformation

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(p.130) (p.131) 8 Petrarch and the Italian Reformation
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Petrarch in Britain
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Abigail Brundin

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0009

This chapter examines the discreet Reformation content inside the deeply conformist structure of Petrarch's sonnet. It investigates the manifestation of the link between vernacular literature and reformed spirituality in Italy in the sixteenth century and the potential evangelising role of the former. It analyzes the poetry of Vittoria Colonna whose works can be considered the clearest manifestation of literary evangelism.

Keywords:   Petrarch, sonnet, Reformation, Italy, vernacular literature, reformed spirituality, Vittoria Colonna, literary evangelism

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