Petrarch and the Italian Reformation

Abigail Brundin

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

Petrarch and the Italian Reformation

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This chapter examines the discreet Reformation content inside the deeply conformist structure of Petrarch's sonnet. It investigates the manifestation of the link between vernacular literature and reformed spirituality in Italy in the sixteenth century and the potential evangelising role of the former. It analyzes the poetry of Vittoria Colonna whose works can be considered the clearest manifestation of literary evangelism.

Keywords: Petrarch; sonnet; Reformation; Italy; vernacular literature; reformed spirituality; Vittoria Colonna; literary evangelism

Chapter.  7993 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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