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Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought$
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Ann Moss

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159087.001.0001

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Ancient and Medieval Places

Ancient and Medieval Places

(p.1) 1 Ancient and Medieval Places
Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought

Ann Moss

Oxford University Press

This book is concerned with commonplace-books during the Renaissance in Early Modern Europe. While it is certainly be part of the book's brief to point to factors which explain the eventual disgrace of the commonplace, its understanding of the commonplace encompasses the understanding of those who compiled, promoted, and employed commonplace-books before the great change in ideas about knowledge and verbal expression took them off the cultural map. The use of the word will, therefore, be the ancient and the archaic use, and our sense of the commonplace anything but trivial. The rest of the book describes the wide variety of the senses of the word ‘commonplace’ (or simply ‘place’) which were already available at the beginning of the 16th century and the potential for future development which its already long history had built into it.

Keywords:   commonplace-books, disgrace, ancient, archaic use, commonplace, development, Renaissance, Early Modern Europe, knowledge

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