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Acknowledgments Introduction: Subtle devices: renaissance humanism and its machinery 1. Automatopoesis: machinery and courtliness in renaissance Urbino 2. Artificial motions: machinery, courtliness, and discipline in renaissance England 3. Inanimate ambassadors: the mechanics and politics of mediation 4. The polymechany of Gabriel Harvey 5. Homer in a nutshell: Chapman and the mechanics of perspicuity 6. Inhumanism: Spenser's iron man Conclusion.