Andreae Alciati Contra Vitam Monasticam Epistula - Andrea Alciato’s Letter Against Monastic Life
Critical Edition, Translation and Commentary
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In his letter Against Monastic Life (1514–17) Andrea Alciato, an Italian jurist and writer famous for his Emblemata, urges his friend Bernardus Mattius to reconsider his choice of monastic life. Alciato makes his argument by criticizing religious superstition, the Church’s hierarchy, and monastic practices, particularly the Franciscans’ hypocrisy, wealth, and divisiveness. Instead, he defends a stoic, civic humanism. Due to the troubled history of this unique manuscript and the inadequacies of the two subsequent editions, Alciato’s discourse has been obscured for centuries. This edition and translation seeks to make clear the biographical importance of the text for one of the major figures of the European Renaissance.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
— Note on the Text and Translation
— Text and Translation
— Index of Names
Format: Text edition - ebook
Publication: July 4, 2014
Languages: Latin | English
Both the introduction and the translation of the Latin letter will doubtless interest anyone concerned with Alciato himself and his emblems, but also with questions relating to religion in the early modern period. It would be impossible to write about monasticism without coming to terms with the Franciscan order.
Peter M. Daly, McGill University, The Renaissance Quarterly, Volume 69, Number 4 | Winter 2016
Bruce McNair, THE NEO-LATIN NEWS Vol. 63, Nos. 3&4