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Andrew Melville And The Renaissance In Scotland

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While James Melville's narrative history remains the most important source on the life and work of Melville, it must be used critically and cautiously. It was not his intention to write a biography of his uncle, nor did he do so. His accounts of his uncle are incorporated into a larger narrative in which James portrays him as playing a much more significant role in university affairs in Scotland and in the reform of the Kirk than what can be supported from other historical sources of the period. Melville, much like his close friend Buchanan, was a product of the French humanism of the northern European Renaissance and his subsequent academic career and intellectual life in Scotland may be viewed as an outworking of his formative experience in France and Switzerland.

Keywords: Andrew Melville; European Renaissance; French humanism; Scotland



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