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The intellectual legacy of Andrew Melville (1545-1622) as a leader of the Renaissance and a promoter of humanism in Scotland is as complex as the man himself. The image of Melville's centrality and widespread influence in the Jacobean Kirk was developed by a number of historians during the second half of the nineteenth century. Steven Reid's recent thesis has contributed to demythologizing the Melville legend. The acceptance of the Melville legend in its various forms by scholars over the last two centuries may be attributed in part to the striking similarities, dramatic events, and colorful personalities of John Knox and Andrew Melville. In addition to the assertion that Melville was Knox's successor, there have been efforts to identify Melville as Buchanan's successor as a Latin poet of the Scottish Renaissance.

Keywords: Andrew Melville; Buchanan's successor; humanism; Jacobean Kirk; John Knox; Melville legend; Scottish Renaissance



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