3. Humanism at Court

David H. Price

in Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394214
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894734 | DOI:
3. Humanism at Court

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This chapter argues that Johannes Reuchlin's political and scholarly careers are intrinsically connected. It discusses his tenure as minister in Württemberg and the Palatinate, as well as his associations with the universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg, and his term on the court of the Swabian League. While it is easy to see the direct advantages of humanist rhetoric, moral philosophy, and history as preparatory courses for careers in government, it is even more important to observe the indirect impact of humanism as it came to inform the culture of European governments in the broadest terms. The chapter depicts the evolution of political life in the Holy Roman Empire (and the Hapsburg dynasty) under the influence of the early Renaissance and describes Reuchlin's career as governmental minister and judge, including his high-level work in arbitration of territorial disputes. Moreover, Reuchlin's literary achievements, especially his creation of humanist drama, grew out of humanist culture at universities and courts.

Keywords: Hapsburg dynasty; University of Heidelberg; Holy Roman Empire; humanist drama; Johannes Reuchlin; humanism; arbitration; Swabian League; University of Tübingen; Württemberg

Chapter.  9810 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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