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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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The Commonplace-Book at Birth

The Commonplace-Book at Birth

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Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought

Ann Moss

Oxford University Press

Text production had not been at all the main preoccupation of the compilers of florilegia in the years between Rodolphus Agricola's De formando studio and Desiderius Erasmus's pedagogical publications of 1512. Most of them had been rather more concerned with their responsibility to provide a moral filter for the pagan culture they were transmitting. Erasmus recognized the problem, and provided a solution which stemmed from the activity of ‘flower-gathering’, and this was a much more sophisticated and devious solution than the censorship by selection or the accommodations with Christian doctrine inscribed in the tituli.

Keywords:   text production, compilers, florilegia, Rodolphus Agricola, Desiderius Erasmus, flower-gathering

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