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France: Paris And Poitiers (1563/4–1569)

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A careful examination of James Melville's time in Paris and Poitiers yields a number of important insights regarding his relationship to the European Renaissance and French humanism. Far from the portrait of "a restless young intellectual" who seemed to lack focus and direction, Melville's early course of study in Paris and Poitiers reveals a young scholar whose deep-seated humanism and penchant towards Renaissance polymathy led him to engage in a broad course of study. Notwithstanding his initial study of law in Paris and Poitiers, Melville would continue to exhibit his seemingly insatiable humanistic appetite for the New Learning by auditing the legal lectures of François Hotman in Geneva.

Keywords: France; humanism; James Melville; Paris; Poitiers



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