On the World and Religious Life, Hardback Book

On the World and Religious Life Hardback

Part of the The I Tatti Renaissance Library series

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On the World and Religious Life (c. 1381) is the first surviving treatise of Coluccio Salutati (1332-1406), chancellor of the Florentine Republic (1375-1406) and the leader of the humanist movement in Italy in the generation after Petrarch and Boccaccio.

The work was written for a lawyer who had left secular life to enter the Camaldulensian monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, located in the heart of Florence.

The new monk prevailed on Salutati to write a treatise encouraging him to persevere in the religious life.

His request led to this wide-ranging reflection on humanity's misuse of God's creation and the need to orient human life in accordance with a proper hierarchy of values.

This work is here translated into English for the first time.

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