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Renaissance Now!

The Value of the Renaissance Past in Contemporary Culture

Brendan Dooley

This volume directs a transdisciplinary gaze on the field of Renaissance Studies as currently practised in Europe, North America and beyond. The concept of the Renaissance as applied to a particular time and place is still regarded as being of central importance to the history of thought and culture. The essays collected here raise the question of the contemporary relevance of the Renaissance.
What is the significance of doing Renaissance Studies now, not only in terms of the field per se, but in terms of what the field has to say to contemporary society? In the past, the field of Renaissance Studies has drawn themes and orientations from particular concerns of the moment, without losing its rigorous focus, and has given back crucial insights to those studying it. Could the same be said today? To facilitate a multifaceted answer, this book attempts to cover some of the principal areas of this interdisciplinary field within the humanities and social sciences. Contributors include specialists in history, languages and literatures, the history of science, cultural studies, art history, philosophy, sociology and politics.

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David Edwards 7 Fashioning Service in a Renaissance State: The Official Journals of the Elizabet

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David Edwards 7 Fashioning Service in a Renaissance State: The Of ficial Journals of the Elizabethan Viceroys in Ireland On 10 September 1594 the English viceroy of Ireland Sir William Russell did nothing; which is to say, he performed none of his of ficial duties. As the secretary charged with keeping his diary noted, on that day ‘my lord reposed himself ’ in his private apartment in Dublin Castle where recently he had moved in with his wife and infant son. It was early in the week, a Tuesday, yet ‘little was done’. Sir William likewise did nothing on Wednesday. In fact for a period of five consecutive days it seems he barely stirred, only return- ing to state service the following Sunday to finalize a packet of letters for a post-boat docked in Dublin harbour that was about to sail for England. Nor did the viceroy exert himself after the boat had departed to Chester. On Monday 16 September he read some of ficial correspondence, on Tuesday 17 he entertained two Irish noblemen, but from Wednesday 18 until the following Monday 23 he did so little that his secretary and diarist Francis Mitchell recorded not a word, leaving the entries for these days entirely blank.1 Turning the pages of this section of his diary, it seems remarkable that the viceroy could have absented himself from the business of state for so many days. With a major rebellion in Ulster fast spreading into south Leinster and the Midlands it was...

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