Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Fourteenth-Century Classicism: Petrarch and Bernat Metge

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Fourteenth-Century Classicism: Petrarch and Bernat Metge

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Fourteenth-Century Classicism: Petrarch and Bernat Metge, ed. Lluís Cabré, Alejandro Coroleu, and Jill Kraye, Warburg Institute Colloquia 21 (London: The Warburg Institute; Turin: Nino Aragno Editore, 2012). ix + 206 pp.; 1 plate. ISBN 978-1-908590-45-2. ISSN 1352-9986. £40.00. This fine collection includes eleven carefully documented essays in English and Italian by scholars from Catalonia, Italy, England, and Germany. Together, they serve to illuminate the often fraught question of the precise nature of Bernat Metge's (c. 1348-1413) relation to Petrarchism (Metge is the first Iberian writer to translate Petrarch), and to classical texts in general, by offering a series of concrete cultural and literary contexts. Eight of these essays were delivered at a Warburg Institute Colloquium of the same title in February 2010. Three new pieces complete the collection: the 'Introduction' by A. Coroleu, which situates Metge generally in his relation to Petrarchism; a look at another early Catalan translator of Petrarch {Africa), Antoni Canals (M. …

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