Andrew Melville and Humanism in Renaissance Scotland by Ernest R. Holloway III

By Ernest R. Holloway III

The highbrow legacy of Andrew Melville (1545-1622) as a pace-setter of the Renaissance and a promoter of humanism in Scotland has been obscured via "the Melville legend." to be able to dispense with 'the Melville of renowned mind's eye' and recuperate 'the Melville of background, ' this paintings situates his lifestyles and idea in the broader context of the northern eu Renaissance and French humanism and seriously re-evaluates the first ancient records of the interval, particularly James Melville's Autobiography and Diary and the Melvini epistolae. by way of contemplating Melville as a humanist, collage reformer, ecclesiastical statesman, and guy, an attempt has been made to figure out his contribution to the flowering of the Renaissance and the expansion of humanism in Scotland throughout the early smooth interval.

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Litt. , 1924); Bardgett, Scotland Reformed; “John Erskine of Dun: A Theological Reassessment,” Scottish Journal of Theology, 43 (1990), 59–86; James S. ), Fathers of the Kirk (London, 1960), 17–27; D. F. Wright, “Erskine, John, of Dun (1509–1590),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 18 (Oxford, 2004), 540–542; Robert Wodrow, Collections upon the Lives of the Reformers and Most Eminent Ministers of the Church of Scotland Vol. I (Glasgow, 1834), 3–68. 20 ╇ Bardgett, Scotland Reformed, 34; “John Erskine of Dun: A Theological Reassessment,” 61; Thorkild Lyby Christensen, “Scots in Denmark in the sixteenth century,” SHR, 49 (1970), 137.

106 Indeed, some authors have characterized him as succeeding the elder humanist as “a kind of unofficial Latin laureate to James VI”107 in light of Melville’s return to Scotland in 1574 and Buchanan’s death shortly thereafter in 1582. Following Buchanan’s death Melville did perform those literary functions commonly associated with a Latin laureate. 110 In 1605 he celebrated the discovery of the infamous gunpowder plot entitled Conjuratio puluerea anno 1650 [sic] Novemb. 111 In these respects it seems clear that Melville occupied a place of literary prominence as a court poet composing and orally delivering his Latin verses on special occasions.

Calvinism in Europe 1540–1620 (Cambridge, 1994). ” 16–17. 103 ╇ William Ian P. Hazlett, “Ebbs and Flows of Theology in Glasgow 1451–1843” in William Ian P. ), Traditions of Theology in Glasgow 1450–1990: A Miscellany (Edinburgh, 1993), 7; McCrie, Life of Andrew Melville I, 339. In spite of his absence, an ordination service was performed for Melville at the old parish church of Govan. In 1591 he became a ruling elder in St Andrews. andrew melville and the melville legend 21 While Melville spent more than forty years teaching at Poitiers, Geneva, Glasgow, St.

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