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ugg i am soo bad at summing up a huge essay....i still dont understand it completely... are medieval writers the same as humanists?
Early Humanist tradition in Italy-They wrote history starting from the beginning of time, the purpose of writing such an account was mainly to show the working of God's will through history.Medieval writers were concerned with religious themes more than political themesHumanists were concerned solely with political history, not paying any attention to economic forces or social analysis. THESE ARE EXAMPLES do not use these on the basis of plagarism
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Other Renaissance Views of the Past The humanists broke with theological world history, abandoned the idea of perpetual decline, and established a new periodization. In the histories, though, the process was incomplete. The boundaries of the Middle Ages were drawn most clearly in the realm of literature and art. The writers on cultural matters wrote biographies, not histories. In the prefaces & elsewhere, the biographers inserted historical summaries. These normally fixed the end of culture at the end of Rome; they dealt not at all with the barbarian age, but skipped directly to the rebirth of culture which was usually in the recent past. Giovanni Boccaccio was an early example of this, but the best example is the work of Filippo Villani. Biondo and Bruni also wrote on this theme. The most comprehensive was Paolo Cortese's Dialogue of Learned Men, which reviewed "learned men" by the single standard of their knowledge of correct Ciceronian Latin. Whatever the field -- architecture, painting, literature -- the humanists judged the past in classical terms & universally concluded that an age of barbarism had existed from the 5thc to the 15thc. The idea of Renaissance was strictly limited to intellectual and esthetic culture. Northern Europe showed a similar tendency, with some new wrinkles. The French followed the Italian lead, adding little. The Germans, though, did not like the Italian periodization. They turned universal history to patriotic ends, so that the German Empire appeared as the product and culmination of history. They admired and published a good deal of medieval Germanic literature. They often portrayed Germany as the protector of learning in the age of darkness. Erasmus did not appeal to national history. His contribution was in the command to return to the sources, knowledge of classical language, the idea that classical literature and evangelical Christianity had declined at the same time and had later been revived together, and the idea that monks and scholastics were responsible for the intervening darkness. The Protestant writers valued history as a source of 'exempla', but especially for its polemical value. For them, the Middle Ages were not only barbaric but that barbarism was a direct result of popery and of Divine Judgment. And the rebirth of learning meant reform and a return to apostolic purity. More than the humanists, the reformers viewed their own day as the beginning of a new age. With the Reformation the rebirth of the Church, always a pious hope, became historical fact and therefore a practical concept in ecclesiastical historiography. They turned to the Middle Ages to find forerunners and to recall the works of those who had been persecuted in the cause of reform. The rebirth of literature and learning was part of God's plan to revive His church. Catholics played little role at this time in shaping historical thought. In the 16thc and 17thc humanism continued in France & Italy. The idea of the Middle Ages became firmly fixed and the Renaissance as "la renaissance des letters et des beaux arts" was finalized. The idea of Renaissance as a historical epoch was hindered because it was regarded as merely heralding the modern age, without a peculiar characteristic or an end date.
if you dont understand the idea of this essay here is the full one..http://europeanhistory.boisestate.edu/latemiddleages/renaissance/historyren.shtml