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Polish-English (British) Philosophical Contacts And Comparisons From The Fifteenth Through The Eighteenth Century

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The distance between Poland and the British Isles made direct contacts difficult, at least until the real development of effective printing techniques. It is obvious that Poland was more subjected to influences coming from her neighbours, like Germany or Bohemia, and from Italy and France. Liberal arts, that is, the trivium and quadrivium, were taught in Polish cathedral schools from the eleventh century. The arrival of Bona Sforza in Poland essentially determined the character of the Polish Renaissance, the golden age for Poland. It was dominated by Italian culture and thought. Although Poland remained relatively tolerant, the Socinians became personae non gratae.The continuing deterioration of Poland in the eighteenth century convinced a number of Poles to try to change this unfortunate situation.

Keywords: Bona Sforza; British Isles; Poland; Polish cathedral schools; Polish Renaissance



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