397. Do As the Romans Did: French Humanism

Posted on 22 May 2022

We begin to look at philosophy in Renaissance France, beginning with humanists like Budé and the use of classical philosophy by poets du Bellay and Ronsard.

Further Reading

• R. Helgerson (trans.), Joachim du Bellay: The Regrets, with The Antiquities of Rome, Three Latin Elegies, and The Defense and Enrichment of the French Language (Philadelphia: 2006).

• N.R. Shapiro, Lyrics of the French Renaissance: Marot, Du Bellay, Ronsard (New Haven: 2002).


• H. Busson, Le Rationalisme dans la Littérature Française de la Renaissance (Paris: 1971).

I. De Smet, “Humanist Culture in Renaissance France,” in M. Moriarty and J. Jennings (eds), The Cambridge History of French Thought (Cambridge: 2020), 33-40.

A. Lefrance, Grands écrivains français de la renaissance (Paris: 1914).

F. Gray, Gender, Rhetoric, and Print Culture in French Renaissance Writing (Cambridge: 2000).

• W.L. Gundersheimer (ed.), French Humanism 1470-1600 (London: 1969).

• T. Hampton, Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century: Inventing the French Renaissance (Ithaca: 2001).

• D.O. McNeil, Guillaume Budé and Humanism in the Reign of Francis I (Geneva: 1975).

• D. Kelley, Foundations of Modern Historical Scholarship: Language, Law and History in the French Renaissance (New York: 1970).

• A.H.T. Levi (ed.), Humanism in France at the End of the Middle Ages and in the Early Renaissance (Manchester: 1970).

• J.-C. Margolin, “Humanism in France,” in A. Goodman and A. MacKay (eds), The Impact of Humanism on Western Europe (London: 2014), 164-201.

• J.H.M. Salmon, Renaissance and Revolt: Essays in the Intellectual and Social History of Early Modern France (Cambridge: 1987).

• P. Sharratt, French Renaissance Studies, 1540-70: Humanism and the Encyclopedia (Edinburgh: 1976).


This is actually a recording by philosopher Helen de Cruz, playing Tourdion by Attaignant on her lute! You're right, I should add that to the links. She did it especially for the podcast, I think I mention this in the first French Renaissance episode.

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