Porträt Charles Joseph Panckoucke (1736 - 1798)

Republic of Letters: Correspondence between Intellectuals in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe

The “Republic of Letters” was established in Italy with the first humanists. Their abundant correspondence, which included letters that were both personal and intellectual, continued to the Enlightenment.

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Private and Public Letters

Read about the famous epistolary cases from 14th and 17th century when private correspondence entered public life.

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The Correspondence of Heloise and Abelard: Love, Friendship and Philosophy in the Middle Ages

What led to the most famous medieval correspondence? A thwarted love affair! The passionate relationship between Abelard and Heloise in 12th-century France was well-known even in the Middle Ages and has remained popular ever since. Left: Portrait of Peter Abelard, engraving by Charles Mauduit based on Le Carpentier, 1820, Bibliothèque nationale de France, No Copyright […]

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