What was Leonardo Bruni's contribution to the development of Renaissance Humanism?
How significant was bruni in influencing humanist beliefs at the start of the renaissance? Did he have a major impact or was he just one of many who helped the movement along?
Leonardo Bruni was part of the third generation of Florentine humanists which stands to show that he was not necessarily there for the beginning and he was not as influential as Petrarch or Boccaccio. However, Bruni's History of Florence served as a model for later historians and stressed the ultimate importance for contemporary history. Bruni, along with Lorenzo Valla, Baptista Mantuanus, Ambrigio Traversari and many others devoted their time to the patristic revival which was important to humanism because of the emphasis on the positive attitude towards greek philosophy and restored the principle of wisdom that existed before christianity. Overall, Bruni was an important individual to the Humanist movement but was more influential as part of a collective effort of many scholars. Which essentially, lies at the heart of humanism - collective wisdom.