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Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn

Ann Moss


This book provides an entirely new look at an era of radical change in the history of West European thought, the period between 1480 and 1540, mainly in France and Germany. The lens for this novel perspective is the Latin language shift, from the Latin idiom in which late medieval intellectual inquiry was conducted to the reinvented classical idiom aggressively promoted and finally imposed by the humanists. This is not a narrow philological study of language change. The book's main thesis is that the Latin language turn was not only concurrent with other aspects of change, but was a fundamenta ... More

Keywords: West European thought, France, Germany, Latin language, Latin idiom, humanism, fiction and truth, Latin dictionaries, literary criticism

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199249879
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Moss, author
Professor of French and Head of Modern European Languages, University of Durham

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