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The Formative Years (1545–1563/4)

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Despite the contention that the "limited evidence" regarding Melville's early life "inhibits any further analysis," a careful reading of James Melville's Diary and an investigation of the historical particulars surrounding it reveals a number of significant observations regarding his early humanism. Melville's earliest exposure to the New Learning of the Renaissance was mediated through his eldest brother Richard who himself had studied under two of the most prominent Protestant humanists on the continent, namely, Macalpine and Melanchthon, and was on intimate terms with one of Scotland's earliest promoters of the study of Greek, Erskine of Dun.

Keywords: humanism; James Melville; Protestant



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