Conclusion: Seventeenth-century language learning

Jason Lawrence

in Who the Devil Taught Thee So Much Italian?

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719069147
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702543 | DOI:
Conclusion: Seventeenth-century language learning

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Italian language learning in England during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It highlights the significant contributions of John Florio and Giovanni Torriano in the teaching and learning of the Italian language in England. This chapter also analyses the works of John Milton and suggests that he is the last significant example in seventeenth-century England of a student learning the Italian language primarily to benefit from the wealth of its literary heritage, rather than for the more practical and increasingly popular motives of travel and trade.

Keywords: Italian language leaning; England; John Florio; Giovanni Torriano; John Milton; literary heritage

Chapter.  4157 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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