Medieval Humanism

Medieval Humanism

Medieval Humanism

Medieval Humanism

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This little book contains the substance of a series of lectures on the Tradition of Christian Humanism, which were given in 1939-40, as a Fordham University extension course, at the College of New Rochelle. Many paragraphs are direct transcripts from the notes which Mother Grace, O.S.U., of that College, has kindly put at my disposal.

I am indebted to my friend Ross Hoffman, of the Fordham University Graduate School, for the enthusiastic encouragement without which the book would never have been put together; and to Professor Marshall W. Baldwin, of New York University, for his painstaking reading of the manuscript and for some valuable suggestions and important corrections. For permission to quote from Don Sturzo Church and State I am indebted to Longmans, Green & Company; and to Richard R. Smith, Inc., for permission to quote Robin Flower "Pangur Bán."

It must be remembered that in so slight an essay the humanistic tradition has had to be looked at in isolation from the total pattern of medieval culture and religion. The author is, of course, well aware of the evidence of other elements in the rich reality of medieval life. His justification is that the particular tradition here studied has been unwarrantably neglected in most of the manuals of medieval history.

G.G.W.

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