Martin McLaughlin

in Petrarch in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146


Show Summary Details


This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about British academics and critics' reflections on Italian poet Petrarch and his legacy in British culture. This book explores Petrarch's humanism and examines the ways Petrarch interacted with some of his major sources in both key Latin works and in the vernacular poetry. It discusses Petrarch's poetic legacy in the Renaissance in Italy and Great Britain and investigates how Petrarch's legacy was taken up in Britain, from the time of the first Petrarchists to the early seventeenth century after the Union of the Crowns.

Keywords: Petrarch; Italian poet; British culture; humanism; vernacular poetry; poetic legacy; Renaissance; Italy; Great Britain; Petrarchists

Chapter.  2572 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at British Academy »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.