Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England

Michael Wyatt

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

Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England

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This chapter examines the traces of Petrarchism in England during the early modern period. It discusses Roger Ascham's attack on Petrarch, Elizabeth Tudor's translation of the first ninety lines of Petrarch's Trionfo dell'Eternità, and Arundel Harrington's rewriting of the Vita Solitaria. It suggests that it was Petrarch's versatility and elusiveness that allowed so many different versions of him to circulate in the early modern period.

Keywords: Petrarchism; England; early modern period; Roger Ascham; Elizabeth Tudor; Trionfo dell'Eternitá; Arundel Harrington; Vita Solitaria

Chapter.  5896 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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