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Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought

Ann Moss


This is a study of the Renaissance commonplace-book. Commonplace-books were the information-organizers of Early Modern Europe, notebooks of quotations methodically arranged for easy retrieval. From their first introduction to the rudiments of Latin to the specialized studies of leisure reading of their later years, the pupils of humanist schools were trained to use commonplace-books, which formed an immensely important element of Renaissance education. The common-place book mapped and resourced Renaissance culture's moral thinking, its accepted strategies of argumentation, its rhetoric, and it ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, Early Modern Europe, quotations, Latin, leisure reading, humanist schools, moral thinking, France, cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Moss, author
University of Durham