Rudolph Agricola, Letters

edd. Adrie van der Laan & Fokke Akkerman, 2002

Rudolph Agricola is best known for his rhetorical handbook. The present editors present Agricola's letters as an important work of its own. Firstly, because they put down the foundations for a new brilliant and varied Latin style in letter writing north of the Alps; secondly, because they testify to the earliest forming of a group of humanists outside Italy.

The participants were few and scattered, but the members of this true sodalitas of the new learning and tastes knew and stimulated each other. They passed on to one another their knowledge and enthusiasm. By disseminating their writings, they created a loose network of activities.

Apart from their historical significance, Agricola’s letters, through their personal character, through their varied and lively contents, constitute by far the most attractive part of his work for non-specialist readers.

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