The Renaissance in Europe (Re-Issue)

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-03-06
  • Publisher: Laurence King Pub
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The Renaissance is usually portrayed as a period dominated by the extraordinary achievements of great men: rulers, philosophers, poets, painters, architects and scientists. Leading scholar Margaret King recasts the Renaissance as a more complex cultural movement rooted in a unique urban society that was itself the product of many factors and interactions: commerce, papal and imperial ambitions, artistic patronage, scientific discovery, aristocratic and popular violence, legal precedents, peasant migrations, famine, plague, invasion and other social factors. Together with literary and artistic achievements, therefore, today's Renaissance history includes the study of power, wealth, gender, class, honour, shame, ritual and other categories of historical investigation opened up in recent years. Tracing the diffusion of the Renaissance from Italy to the rest of Europe, Professor King marries the best work of the last generation of scholars with the findings of the most recent research, including her own. Ultimately, she points to the multiple ways in which this seminal epoch influenced the later development of Western culture and society.

Author Biography

Margaret L. King is Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the idea of the renaissance
Italy and Rome : from Roman republic to Secondo Popolo (C.500 B.C.E.-1300 C.E.)p. 1
An age of republics (c.1250-c.1350)p. 33
Human dignity and humanist studies : the career of humanism (c.1350-c.1530)p. 65
New visions (c.1350-c.1530)p. 101
At home and in the Piazza (c.1350-c.1530)p. 137
The church and the people (c.1350-c.1530)p. 167
Statecraft and warcraft (c.1350-c.1530)p. 195
The crisis and beyond (c.1500-c.1650)p. 225
The Renaissance and the two Reformations (c.1500-c.1650)p. 257
The Renaissance beyond the Alps : cities, courts, and kings (c.1500-c.1700)p. 287
The Renaissance and new worlds (c.1500-c.1700)p. 321
Glossaryp. 352
Creditsp. 359
Indexp. 360
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