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Aim: What were the characteristics of the Northern Renaissance?. October 4, 2012. Why does the Renaissance spread to Northern Europe?. Humanist Ideals in the North.

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Aim: What were the characteristics of the Northern Renaissance?

October 4, 2012


Why does the Renaissance spread to Northern Europe?


Humanist Ideals in the North

  • Christian Humanism: Emphasis on both humanist and Christian themes. The idea that humanist learning could be used to bring about reform of the Church and deepen people’s spiritual lives.


Christian Humanist Figures

  • Thomas More (English)

    • Writes Utopia (1516)

    • What are the characteristics of More’s fictional Christian land?

    • Why is this a Renaissance work?


Christian Humanist Figures

  • Desiderius Erasmus (Dutch)

    • In Praise of Folly (1509): Satire of the Church

      • Monksareilliterate, unqualified

      • Ceremonies are too elaborate

        How should ordinary Christians respond to this situation?

        Why is he a Renaissance thinker?


Other Northern Humanists

  • Francois Rabelais (French)

    • Writes Gargantua and Pantagruel(serialized between 1532 and 1552)

      • Story of two giants who have adventures together.

      • Written in the vernacular for common people to enjoy

      • Decides that it is better for people to live according to their personal instincts rather than religious rules (very secular and humanist).

      • Makes serious points about humanity, education and government


Other Northern Humanists

  • William Shakespeare (English)


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