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Confessionalisation and Erudition in Early Modern EuropeAn Episode in the History of the Humanities$
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Nicholas Hardy and Dmitri Levitin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266601

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266601.001.0001

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Juan Luis Vives and the Organisation of Patristic Knowledge

Juan Luis Vives and the Organisation of Patristic Knowledge

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(p.95) 2 Juan Luis Vives and the Organisation of Patristic Knowledge
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Confessionalisation and Erudition in Early Modern Europe
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Arnoud Visser

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266601.003.0002

The edition of Augustine’s City of God by the Spanish-born humanist Juan Luis Vives (first published in 1522) is one of most successful pieces of patristic scholarship of the sixteenth century. Produced just before the explosive escalation of the Reformation, it remained the key version of the text for over a hundred years. This article analyses the presentation of patristic knowledge in Vives’ commentary to explore how the confessional conflicts affected patristic scholarship. It argues that Vives’ work survived the confessional pressures relatively unscathed because it made Augustine’s work manageable and accessible across confessional parties. In doing so it seeks to highlight the importance of confessional silence in the Republic of Letters as a strategy to confront the pressures of confessionalisation.

Keywords:   patristics, renaissance humanism, philology, commentaries, Augustine of Hippo, City of God, Juan Luis Vives

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