Cultural Revolution of Europe

551 WordsFeb 4, 20182 Pages
Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe experienced a cultural revolution that would ultimately transform thinking for years to come. In particular, this revolution was known as the Renaissance. While most of this Renaissance way of thinking remained contained in countries such as Germany and Italy, some of it began to diffuse into the heart of England itself, more precisely Westminster. Westminster, England, a central city within the London area, is most known for the elaborate palace in which the Royal Family lives. However, during the Renaissance, this city also gave birth to one of history’s few literary innovators: Benjamin Jonson. Through Jonson’s influential works in drama, poetry, and literature, Ben Jonson became one of the most influential authors of the early 17th century. Benjamin Jonson, who is most known for the popularization of the comedy of humors was born in Westminster, England on June 11, 1572. He comes from a line of Anglo-Scottish border people, who historically have had trouble with the English since the beginning of time. Johnson’s father was a clergyman who died in his early childhood and as a result of this, his mother eventually remarried to a master bricklayer or mason in today’s terms. Jonson attend school first at St. Martin’s Lane, one of London’s most prestigious secondary schools. He later went on to attend Westminster School—here is where he met historian William Camden. Jonson accredits Camden as being one of his few intellectual
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