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George Buchanan : [poems]

'C[oleridge] read [George Buchanan] at Cambridge.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      


John Lanne Buchanan : Travels in the Western Hebrides, 1782 to 1790

'W[ordsworth] copied a set of extracts from Buchanan into the Wordsworth Commonplace Book [Dove Cottage MS 26] ... probably between mid-March and 10 June 1807.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Wordsworth      Print: Book


Buchanan : unknown

'In ["Ciceronianus" (published 1577; delivered c.1575)] [...] Harvey says he has been for nearly twenty weeks in his Tusculan villa, i.e. at his father's house in Saffron Walden, assiduously studying not only the greatest of the old Roman writers, but renaissance writers such as Sturm, Manutius, Osorius, Sigonius and Buchanan. He had given more time to Cicero than to all the rest put together, yet sometimes he had dropped Cicero on Friendship to take up Osorius on Glory'.

Century: 1500-1599     Reader/Listener/Group: Gabriel Harvey      Print: Book


George Buchanan : Ane admonition direct to the trew Lordis mantenaris of the Kingis Graces Authoritie M.G.B. ... accordyng to the Scottish copie Printed at Strivilyng by Robert Lekpreuik

Virginia F. Stern notes 'Many underlinings and MS. notes' in Gabriel Harvey's copy of George Buchanan, "Ane admonition direct to the trew Lordis mantenaris of the Kingis Graces Authoritie" (1571), as well as comment '"A fine Discourse of Buchanan, but bitter in his Invective veine"'.

Century: 1500-1599 / 1600-1699     Reader/Listener/Group: Gabriel Harvey      Print: Book


Claudius Buchanan : Christian Researches in Asia

'We quite run over with Books. She [JA's mother] has got Sir John Carr's Travels in Spain from Miss B. & I am reading a Society-Octavo, an Essay on the Military Police & Institutions of the British Empire, by Capt. Pasley of the Engineers, a book which I protested against at first, but which upon trial I find delightfully written & highly entertaining. I am as much in love with the Author as I ever was with Clarkson or Buchanan, or even the two Mr Smiths of the city. The first soldier I ever sighed for; but he does write with extraordinary force & spirit.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Jane Austen      Print: Book


George Buchanan : [Latin poems and hymns]

'To my Gothic ear, indeed the "Stabat Mater", the "Dies Irae", and some of the other hymns of the Catholic Church are more solemn and affecting than the fine classical poetry of Buchanan; the one has the gloomy dignity of a Gothic church, and reminds us instantly of the worship to which it is dictated; the other is more like a Pagan temple, recalling to our memory the classical and fabulous deities.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Walter Scott      Print: Unknown


George Buchanan : Nympha Caledoniae

'Buchanan, he said, was a very fine poet; and observed that he was the first who complimented a lady, by ascribing to her the different perfections of the heathen goddesses; but that Johnston improved upon this, by making his lady, at the same time, free from their defects. He dwelt upon Buchanan's elegant verses to Mary, Queen of Scots, "Nympha Caledoniae, &c" and spoke with enthusiasm of the beauty of Latin verse. "All the modern languages (said he) cannot furnish so melodious a line as 'Formosam resonare doces Amarillida silvas'".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


George Buchanan : [poems]

'Buchanan (he observed,) has fewer [italics] centos [end italics] than any modern Latin poet. He not only had great knowledge of the Latin language, but was a great poetical genius. Both the Scaligers praise him.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


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