From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

 

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The scholastic method, with its emphasis on Aristotelian philosophy, became so dominant and entrenched in the university system that it excited a reaction. This reaction was spearheaded in the 14th century by Francesco Petrarch, the Florentine humanist known as the Father of the Italian Renaissance. Petrarch was instrumental not only in challenging the dominance of scholasticism, but also in furthering the prestige of vernacular literature, as this deluxe manuscript of his Tuscan poetry demonstrates.

Bequeathed in 1904 to Cornell University Library by Willard Fiske.

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Francesco Petrarch. Trionfi. Italy (Florence), third quarter of the fifteenth century.
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