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This concluding chapter provides an overview of the book. The books major thesisdeparting from the case of fifteenth-century Florenceis that humanism was principally useful for the social climber intellectual, the novus homo, who was oftentimes a marginal figure. It argues that the social function of humanism was largely the same in fifteenth-century Florence and in late sixteenth-century East Central Europe. The book has emphasised that the most notable aspect in the cultural flourishing of the imperial capitals was the presence of the learned courtiers, most of whom joined the service of the dynasty in the late years of Ferdinands rule. By and large, the networks of Johannes Sambucus and Andreas Dudith fitted into the same patterns.

Keywords: Andreas Dudith; East Central Europe; humanism; Johannes Sambucus



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