The Triumph of Patience: Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Triumph of Patience: Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Triumph of Patience: Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Triumph of Patience: Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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This book represents an initial step in assembling materials for the study of patience as it relates to medieval and Renaissance thought and expression. Though various scholars have cited the importance of patience in the work of Langland, Shakespeare, Milton, and others, this virtue has rarely, if ever, been isolated for study; and little has been done to collect those sources which, from Cicero onward, have played a major role in the conception of the virtues of resistance and endurance, of passivity and activity, in both visual and literary works. Because of its link with secular virtues such as fortitude, patience through the ages has psychological and sociological overtones as well as a fundamental philosophical bearing on the epic, tragedy, poetic imagery, and iconography (among others) which demand the attention of scholars in various disciplines. The vastness of the topic and its interdisciplinary nature are represented in the divergent approaches represented here.

Each of the essays helps to define patience in terms of one of its varied manifestations in medieval and Renaissance times. Collectively, the essays not only reveal the pervasiveness of the virtue among English writers as well as artists in the age of mannerism, but also indicate the long, distinguished, and multifarious tradition of patience discussions among thinkers in various literatures. The contributors indicate how this virtue . . .

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