Apr 21, 2017 at 16:35 o\clock

The Earthly versus the Divine

A comparison between the secular "Letter to Pellegrino" from The Earthly Republic and the religious notions of Trappist life and beliefs.

An analysis of the similarities between the secular author of "Letter to Peregrino Zambeccari", the Italian humanist and proto-nationalist Coluccio Salutati, whose life was filled chiefly by political and administrative matters; and the holy order of the unworldly French Trappists. It shows how both stress a physical and active life as the best way of accessing God. A physical and lived existence in the world is the best way of accessing God's love and the purest form of poetry.

True, the Letter to Peregrino Zambeccari," is mainly concerned with relating to the world in an earthly context, while the Trappist view focuses on the relationship between the human and the divine, and how best to achieve that connection and relation during the limited time human beings dwell upon the earthy. But the "Letter" is not merely an economic or political manifesto. It places the philosophy of mercantilism and Italian nationalism in a larger Roman political tradition and history. Also, Trappist belief structures were quite detailed in their physical as well as their philosophical nature, as only through regulating the body properly could one gain full access and love of God-as "Letter to Peregrino Zambeccari" suggests that only through proper regulation of the economic and political body can the full range of Roman principles be realized in Salutati's contemporary Italy."

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