Latin oratory in seventeenth-century Dublin
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A small corpus of Latin oratory survives from early modern Ireland, diverse in character and of sporadic frequency. This chapter considers a selection of orations from seventeenth-century Dublin that attempt to address public events in a manner that would express the ethos of the city's learned community and its relationship to the wider culture of Renaissance learning. The clearest evidence of Caesar Williamson's literary and intellectual character is found in his Latin orations. Williamson published no further compositions in the following years of 1661, but on two key occasions Latin orations emanated from his circle marking the deaths of two men who had produced or patronised learning on a grand scale in previous decades. The first of these was a funerary oration by Dudley Loftus for the archbishop of Armagh John Bramhall. The second was a graveside eulogy by John Jones delivered at the funeral of Maurice Eustace.

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Renaissance city of literature

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