The Late Fourteenth-Century Renaissance of Anglo-Latin Rhetoric

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Most of the medieval arts of poetry and prose were written before the middle of the thirteenth century, but their dissemination was not uniform in all parts of Europe. In England, the surviving copies of a work such as Geoffrey of Vinsauf 's Poetria nova taper off notably toward the end of the thirteenth century, and the numbers do not begin to pick up again until the last quarter of the fourteenth century. This pattern is no accident of preservation but reflects a significant revival of interest in Latin rhetoric and literature, centered at Oxford in the late fourteenth century. The characteristic literary materials and rhetorical methods of this renaissance resonated beyond the university environment and are reflected with striking precision in the references to rhetoric scattered throughout the vernacular poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-133
Number of pages27
JournalPhilosophy and Rhetoric
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 21 2012


  • Academic libraries
  • Treatises
  • Dictatorship
  • Benedicting Order
  • Textbooks
  • Medieval poetry
  • Letter writing
  • Classical poetry

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  • Philosophy

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