Challenges to Authority

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Peter Elmer
Yale University Press, 2000 M01 1 - 418 pages
The evolution and reception of the Renaissance was mediated by developments in various other spheres of early modern life and culture. Foremost among these were the religious changes initiated by the Protestant Reformation, which are discussed in the opening chapters of this book. Religious and cultural developments in Germany are contrasted with sixteenth-century Spain and are further explored through the study of the picaresque novel Lazarillo de Tormes. Subsequent chapters explore the Renaissance fascination with witchcraft and demonology in both learned discourse (Pico’s Strix) and popular drama (The Witch of Edmonton). The volume concludes with a study of one of the most influential and provocative writers of the sixteenth century, Michel de Montaigne, whose Essays provide stimulating material for a reassessment of the impact of the Renaissance on contemporary thought.
 

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Contents

Renaissance and reform
1
The spread of reform
55
The representation of reform
103
Lazarillo de Tormes
169
occult philosophy magic
249
The Witch of Edmonton
287
Montaigne on Montaigne
333
Glossary
397
Acknowledgements
404
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