By Steven J. Reid,Steven J, Dr Reid,Roger A, Professor Mason
Andrew Melville is mainly remembered this day as a defiant chief of radical Protestantism in Scotland, John Knox’s inheritor and successor, the architect of a particular Scottish Presbyterian kirk and a visionary reformer of the Scottish college procedure. whereas this view of Melville’s contribution to the shaping of Protestant Scotland has been criticised and revised in contemporary scholarship, his broader contribution to the improvement of the neo-Latin tradition of early glossy Britain hasn't ever been given the eye it merits. but, as this assortment exhibits, Melville was once even more than just a spiritual reformer: he was once an influential member of a pan-European humanist community that valued classical studying up to Calvinist theology.
Neglect of this severe point of Melville’s highbrow outlook stems from the truth that just about all his surviving writings are in Latin - and masses of it in verse. Melville didn't pen any monstrous prose treatise on theology, ecclesiology or political idea. His poetry, notwithstanding, finds his perspectives on a lot of these subject matters and provides new insights into his existence and instances. the most issues of this quantity, as a result, are to supply the 1st complete directory of the diversity of poetry and prose attributed to Melville and to start the method of elucidating those texts and the contexts within which they have been written. whereas the quantity contributes to an on-going method that has noticeable Melville’s position as an ecclesiastical flesh presser and academic reformer challenged and decreased, it additionally seeks to redress the stability by means of beginning up different dimensions of Melville’s profession and highbrow existence and laying off new gentle at the broader cultural context of Jacobean Scotland and Britain.
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Andrew Melville (1545–1622): Writings, Reception, and Reputation (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History) by Steven J. Reid,Steven J, Dr Reid,Roger A, Professor Mason