Coluccio Salutati

Craig Kallendorf

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online April 2011 | | DOI:
Coluccio Salutati

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Coluccio Salutati (b. 1331–d. 1406) is primarily known today as the scholar who ensured that the humanist movement established by Petrarch was passed on successfully to Leonardo Bruni, Poggio Bracciolini, and other scholars of the next generation. His approach to learning was more traditional than Petrarch’s, but from his base as chancellor of Florence, he began to associate humanism with the active political life in a way that would have a decisive impact on the next generation of scholars. His surviving writings range from official letters to learned treatises on government and ethics. In addition, many books survive from his substantial library, allowing us to see what his intellectual interests were and how he read his books.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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