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Introduction: Hadrianus Junius And Northern Dutch Humanism

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book that aims to study a number of Hadrianus Junius's works. Hadrianus Junius (Adriaen de Jonghe) is generally regarded as the single most important representative of Northern Dutch humanism between the deaths of Erasmus and Janus Secundus in 1536 and the establishment of Leiden University in 1575. To be sure, Junius was not the only classical scholar from the north in his period. That the country produced a number of good scholars was due to the Latin schools in the main towns. The basis for the spread of humanist ideals in the Northern Netherlands was laid by individuals who had travelled south and who strove to institutionalise the new learning at the Latin schools of the provincial towns in the North. The educational institutes were the natural habitat of the early humanists.

Keywords: Hadrianus Junius; Latin schools; Northern Dutch humanism



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