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“A commyn wele of true nobylyte”: Thomas Starkey and Italian Renaissance republican thought in sixteenth-century England

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posted on 2022-03-29, 02:07 authored by Cameron Wood
This thesis examines how Thomas Starkey’s Dialogue between Pole and Lupset serves as the first attempt by an Englishman to transmit Italian republican political structure and civic humanist education to England during the Henrician Reformation. After analysing Starkey’s Latin grammar and liberal arts education in Oxford, followed by his civic humanist education at the University of Padua, I argue that Starkey wrote his dialogue with the ambition of presenting reforms to Henry VIII that would transmit Venetian mixed government and civic educational reforms to England. Through a close reading of Starkey’s dialogue, this thesis will demonstrate how republican and civic humanist thought was transmitted from Venice to England a century before the English Civil War. I argue that by examining Thomas Starkey’s civic humanist education and his writing of the Dialogue between Pole and Lupset, the transmission of Italian republicanism and new political and educational thought was ushered into Tudor England.


Table of Contents

Introduction -- Chapter One. A rhetorical Latinist : Thomas Starkey’s liberal arts education in Oxford -- Chapter Two. “To lyue in a polytyke lyfe” : Thomas Starkey’s civic humanist education in Padua and Venice -- Chapter Three. “To dow servyce to my prynce & cuntrey” : the transmission of Italian republican thought in Thomas Starkey’s Dialogue between Pole and Lupset -- Conclusion.


Bibliography: pages 73-77 Theoretical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Nicholas Scott Baker


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