Differences between Renaissance and Pre-Renaissance literature?

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One of the primary differences between Renaissance and Medieval (Pre-Renaissance) literature is the rediscovery of texts from classical antiquity. In the Middle Ages, there was extreme attention given to Biblical and religious texts, while writers largely dismissed the great writers of the past because they were pagan.

This began to shift during the Humanist period in Italy, when Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio began...

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