Western Influences on Byelorussian Literature in the XVth and XVIth Centuries

The beginning of the 15th century marked an intensification of cultural relations between Western Europe and Belarus. ...Prague and Cracow were no longer the only places to which the young men from the Grand Duchy resorted in search of learning; many of them went to Italy, Germany and other countries. ... among the Belarusian students abroad was a certain John Lettou, or John of Lithuania, who between 1480 and 1483 lived in London, where he established a printing press and printed a few books, mostly of a jurisprudential character...
With this multiplication of contacts, there began to appear Belarusian translations of Western religious and literary works...

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