EDITORIAL Renaissance Journal

In this issue of Renaissance Journal, we focus particularly on students. The cover
illustration depicts an early seventeenth-century engraving of the Greek
philosopher Democritus, taken from the frontispiece of Robert Burton’s The
Anatomy of Melancholy, which is in part a discussion of the lifestyles and
dispositions of early modern students and scholars. The issue opens with Dr
Andrea Gáldy’s essay on the experience of German Protestant students in
Italy, particularly Siena, during the sixteenth century. Following Dr Gáldy’s
contribution are two essays written by doctoral students based in the Centre
for the Study of the Renaissance at Warwick: Gillian White discusses the
iconography of the virtues in the wall-hangings at Hardwick Hall, and Susanna
Hop examines the fate of John Davies’s Epigrammes within the context of
literary production at the Inns of Court in late Elizabethan London.
Two conference reports detail recent meetings that arose from the
interests of several members of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance in
the early modern universities and in related fields of learned culture. An
exhibition of festival literature recently on display at Rutgers University, is
described in detail. Book reviews in this issue range across a variety of topics:
from inter-university relations in early modern Europe to sixteenth-century
Italian painting, and from the courts of Northern Italy to Renaissance
Bronzes, to name but a few.
As always, the editors welcome all comments and suggestions, and
would like to bring to our readers’ attention the special issue of Renaissance
Journal to appear in June 2005, which will feature new research from
distinguished scholars of early modern France.
Dr Jayne Archer (University of Warwick)
Dr Sarah Knight (University of Leicester)