Renaissance Quarterly

A journal covering art, literature, and history of the Renaissance for the academic audience. Contains research studies, review essays, and book reviews. Features literary works and themes, as well as specialized studies in the arts, religion, and social

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, Summer

Exotic Allies: The Dutch-Chilean Encounter and the (Failed) Conquest of America
A curious vignette decorates the title page of a Dutch pamphlet produced circa 1600 [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED]. Published in the final years of the Dutch Revolt and within the context of the virulently anti-Habsburg mood that pervaded the...
Plagues, Healers and Patients in Early Modern Europe
The pandemic that descended upon western Europe in 1347 and continued virtually unbroken through the end of the seventeenth century has generated an enormous historical literature. Plagues were a constant presence in the lives of medieval and early...
"Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue": William Cavendish, Ben Jonson, and the Decorative Scheme of Bolsover Castle
After many years of public and scholarly neglect, Bolsover Castle is coming to be recognized as perhaps "the most beautiful house in England, and one of the treasures of western Europe."(1) This is as it should be, for Bolsover was designed to delight...
Savonarola Studies in Italy on the 500th Anniversary
The five-hundredth anniversary of Girolamo Savonarola's death (1498-1998) was observed by scholarly, cultural, and religious communities in Italy with a variety of conferences, publications, exhibitions and even concerts. In Tuscany, in particular,...
Shakespeare's Dionysian Prince: Drama, Politics, and the "Athenian" History Play
In Shakespeare's Festive Comedy, C. L. Barber notes Falstaff's likeness to Bacchus, the "festival lord," as Bacchus was represented in Erasmus's Praise of Folly.(1) Robin Headlam Wells and Alison Birkinshaw also note the "distinctly Dionysian character"...
The Renaissance Novella as Justice
Philosophers writing recently in the United States and Canada, such as Martha Nussbaum, Alisdair MacIntyre, and Charles Taylor, although they are in fundamental disagreement on many points, especially on many political and theological issues, affirm...
Touching Touchets: Perkin Warbeck and the Buggery Statute
At first sight, The Chronicle History of Perkin Warbeck seems to be the only one of John Ford s plays that is not pointedly and openly concerned with sexual deviation. Both 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and The Broken Heart feature either actual incest or...