On the World and Religious Life

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Harvard University Press, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 391 pages
On the World and Religious Life (c. 1381) is the first surviving treatise of Coluccio Salutati (1332-1406), chancellor of the Florentine Republic (1375-1406) and the leader of the humanist movement in Italy in the generation after Petrarch and Boccaccio. The work was written for a lawyer who had left secular life to enter the Camaldulensian monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, located in the heart of Florence. The new monk prevailed on Salutati to write a treatise encouraging him to persevere in the religious life. His request led to this wide-ranging reflection on humanity's misuse of God's creation and the need to orient human life in accordance with a proper hierarchy of values. This work is here translated into English for the first time.

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About the author (2014)

Tina Marshall is an instructor at Renison College, University of Waterloo, and an editorial assistant for the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum.

Ronald Gene Witt was born in Wayne, Michigan on December 23, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan in 1954. He studied history and teaching for two years in France on a Fulbright scholarship. He received a master's degree in history in 1958 and a doctorate in 1965 from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard from 1964 until he joined the history department at Duke University in 1971. He taught medieval and Renaissance history until his retirement in 2004. He wrote several books including Coluccio Salutati and His Public Letters, Hercules at the Crossroads: The Life, Works and Thought of Coluccio Salutati, and The Two Latin Cultures and the Foundation of Renaissance Humanism in Medieval Italy. In the Footsteps of the Ancients': The Origins of Humanism from Lovato to Bruni received the Renaissance Society of America's Gordan Prize and shared the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History. He also co-edited several books including The Humanities: Cultural Roots and Continuities and Life and Death in 15th Century Florence. He died from heart failure on March 15, 2017 at the age of 84.

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