The Italian Renaissance in Its Historical Background

The Italian Renaissance in Its Historical Background

The Italian Renaissance in Its Historical Background

The Italian Renaissance in Its Historical Background

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Acknowledgments usually come at the end of a preface. This must begin with several. In 1957 the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press invited me to write a volume on the Italian Renaissance and I accepted their invitation. When I was asked a year later to deliver the Wiles Lectures in The Queen's University of Belfast it seemed to me that the subject I had promised to write about would be suitable for the lectures. The Syndics agreed to this suggestion and I am grateful to them for their approval of my change of plan.

The remarkable foundation established by Mrs Janet P. Boyd in memory of her father provides not only a lecturer but also part of his audience. To the discussions which followed each lecture I am indebted for a few corrections and much valuable comment; I should add that in the discussion the visitors were joined by some very lively Belfast historians; to both groups I wish to express my thanks. To Professor Michael Roberts, Mrs Janet P. Boyd, and the Vice-Chancellor and Mrs Grant I am obliged for much personal kindness. It is a pleasure to pay tribute to the resources of the Warburg Institute Library and to the unfailing courtesy of Mr J. B. Trapp.

The four lectures as written proved to be considerably too long for delivery and were abbreviated as spoken. For the printed version I have divided them into chapters and . . .

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