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Renaissance and Reform in Tudor EnglandThe Careers of Sir Richard Morison$
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Tracey Sowerby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584635.001.0001

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The ‘Renowned Man of Letters’

The ‘Renowned Man of Letters’

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(p.240) 8 The ‘Renowned Man of Letters’
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Renaissance and Reform in Tudor England
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Tracey A. Sowerby (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584635.003.0009

This chapter returns to the theme of Morison's scholarly interests and briefly examines his international reputation as a humanist of some note. The main focus is Morison's collection of books. At over four hundred Greek and Latin volumes, it was one of the largest and most eclectic private collections of books in England at this time. The main themes and areas represented in the library—theology, history, language, philosophy, medicine, Greek—are analysed. The chapter also discusses the communal aspect of Morison's library; friends borrowed printed books and manuscripts on a regular basis, making Morison and his library of significance for our understanding of Tudor humanism more broadly.

Keywords:   humanism, book ownership, theology, history, Greek

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