Plato in Renaissance England

  • Sears Jayne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Pre-Tudor Phase (1423–1485)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sears Jayne
      Pages 13-21
    3. Sears Jayne
      Pages 22-59
  3. The Tudor Phase (1485–1603)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Sears Jayne
      Pages 63-82
    3. Sears Jayne
      Pages 83-96
    4. Sears Jayne
      Pages 135-140
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 141-204

About this book


This book offers a radical reappraisal of the reputation of Plato in England between 1423 and 1603. Using many materials not hitherto available, including evidence of book publishing and book ownership, together with a comprehensive survey of allusions to Plato, the author shows that the English were far less interested in Plato than most historians have thought. Although the English, like the French, knew the `court' Plato as well as the `school' Plato, the English published only two works by Plato during this period, while the French published well over 100 editions, including several of the complete Works. In England allusions to Plato occur more often in prose writers such as Whetstone, Green, and Lodge, than in poets like Spenser and Chapman. Sidney did take his `Stella' from Plato, but most English allusions to Plato were taken not directly from Plato or from Ficino, but from other authors, especially Mornay, Nani-Mirabelli, Ricchieri, Steuco, and Tixier.


English Italy Medieval Literature Plato Renaissance bibliography edition french medievalism prose publishing

Authors and affiliations

  • Sears Jayne
    • 1
  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4456-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8551-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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