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Scotland: Glasgow (1574–1580)

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A study of Melville's years in Glasgow reveals a number of ways in which he incorporated the latest humanistic trends of the Renaissance into his reform of the University. Although constrained by the necessities of his circumstances, he, nevertheless, approached the reform of Glasgow from the perspective of a European humanist thoroughly committed to the promotion of the studia humanitatis of the Renaissance and the incorporation of the latest academic trends from the continent. James Melville's gross exaggeration regarding Glasgow's incomparable place in Europe for the study of humane letters during these years has undoubtedly fueled the Melville legend, his role in reversing Glasgow's fortunes and introducing the learning of the ancient world to the University is well documented. Melville's success at Glasgow owed as much to timing and circumstances as to any other single factor.

Keywords: Glasgow; James Melville; Renaissance



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