Early Patterns of Reception
Nineteenth-century accounts of Joseph Scaliger’s chronology treated it as a triumph of true over spurious learning. Often, this was equated with a larger triumph of Protestant over Catholic scholarship. A closer look at the nature and reception of Scaliger’s chronology suggests that it formed part of a much more complicated story. Scaliger’s own confessional allegiance, and those of his readers and critics, sometimes shaped their response to sources and issues, but often did not do so. Catholic as well as Protestant scholars provided material for his work, mastered it and subjected it to substantive criticism The mixed reception of his work reflected its technical innovations, and its technical flaws.
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