Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thoughts on Primary Sources

I thought I would share some of the things I found while doing research - I'm in the Sprezzatura section, but I found a couple of fun things that maybe might help people in other groupings.

The Online British Library: they have a selection of original texts scanned into digital format, definitely worth poking through. For the Ad Fontes or Printing groups, there are a couple Bibles. For the humanists, there's part of the treatise put together by the first guy to study anatomy through human autopsy (apparently he was inspired by humanism, AND he's from the Renaissance). Go check it out.

John Lydgate: an author spanning the before and after of the printing press. The link takes you to a catalog of sorts of his publications; some of them are texts written just before the printing press, then republished with the new technology. Some of them are by other authors. We've talked a lot about the resurrection of old, old sources in the Renaissance, and we've talked about the press being a new medium allowing for wide dissemination - and I thought it interesting how Lydgate combined the two.

Our subject for the eBook is the digital age, as seen through the Renaissance - which means we're basically looking at the social changes resulting from new technologies. So I thought it might be interesting to try and see, very briefly, what the Renaissance was changing from. So if anyone finds sources about the late middle ages - or knows of some good ones - that'd be awesome. (Maybe even Renaissance authors who talked about it? Their perspective would be pretty cool to dig into.)

And if you run into any good primary sources for court culture, beyond The Prince or The Courtier, let me know? I'm finding tons and tons of articles (secondary sources), but not a lot of primaries. The wiki page dealt mostly with the idea of love - and I'd like to look at the actual politics and dynamics of the court, especially on an international scale. I'm really interested in how personal rhetoric and human interaction coincide.

See you guys in class!

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