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Moshe Idel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780300126266

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300126266.001.0001

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Jewish Mystical Thought in Lorenzo IL Magnifico's Florence

Jewish Mystical Thought in Lorenzo IL Magnifico's Florence

(p.192) 15 Jewish Mystical Thought in Lorenzo IL Magnifico's Florence
Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter illustrates how many of the important cultural centers and developments in medieval and pre-modern times were shaped by political and social rulers who were concerned about intellectual and spiritual matters. One of the main consequences of this intellectual court culture was that the elite were attracted by the ruler's interest to his milieu or that of his small entourage, that they were the beneficiaries of a system of patronage involving both power and money, and that as a result the culture produced in this environment was typically elitist, and thus its intended audience and actual influence were very restricted. The thought and other products of the few were intended for the few.

Keywords:   cultural centers, pre-modern times, social rulers, spiritual matters, intellectual court culture

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