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Carolus Utenhovius (1536–1600): A Tale Of Two Cities

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Despite leading an active and productive life, rubbing shoulders with some of the foremost humanists, public figures, and poets of the sixteenth century, the Flemish scholar and poet Charles Utenhove has been relatively neglected by critics. This chapter focuses on Utenhovius's experiences as a Protestant in Paris between 1556 and 1562, and his sojourn in London from 1562 to 1565, as reflected in his correspondence. The letters considered here are in Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cod. Utenhovius wrote an excited letter to Jean de Morel on 1 May 1562, conveying some of his experiences at the English court. What is striking about Utenhovius's letters in the first place is their exuberance. They are generally quite long, full of detail, and written in a language which reflects, on the one hand, a colloquial use of Latin, but which on the other hand contains more formal elements.

Keywords: Carolus Utenhovius; Flemish scholar; Jean de Morel



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