The Portable Renaissance Reader
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It was the age in which Europe rediscovered antiquity even as it built the foundations of the modern world; when Christendom lost its eastern empire and conquered a new world to the west; an age in which Leonardo and Michelangelo glorified the human body while Andreas Vesalius stripped bare its skeleton; an age in which a revolution in scientific knowledge coexisted with a religious inquisition and the hysterical persecution of suspected witches. The 200 years we call the Renaissance were so eventful and contradictory that one man, Erasmus of Rotterdam, could decry their tyranny, avarice and iniquity, yet proclaim the "near approach of a golden age."
This collection presents the gorgeous, troubled tapestry of European Renaissance in the words of more than a hundred of its monarchs, prelates, merchants, scholars, artists, poets, and ordinary citizens. It includes selections from writings by Pope Pius II, Miguel de Cervantes, Francesco Petrarca, Giovani Boccaccio, Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo Buonarrotti, Francis Bacon, John Calvin, Nicholas Copernicus, and St. Teresa of Avila.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 756
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 1977
Dimensions: 7.79 X 5.13 X 1.52 (inches)
ISBN: 0140150617
ISBN-13: 9780140150612
Series: Portable Library

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Essential passages form the works of more than 100 fifteenth-and sixteenth-century thinkers and writers, including Erasmus, Cervantes, Boccaccio, Montaigne, Bodin, Dürer, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Rabelais, Leonardo, Cellini, Copernicus, Galileo, Savonarola, Luther, and Calvin.

Author Bio

James Bruce Ross was a medieval scholar who contributed to The Portable Medieval Reader and The Portable Renaissance Reader.

Mary Martin McLaughlin (1919-2006) was a medieval scholar whose work focused on often overlooked subjects of the period, such as the roles of families. She attended the University of Nebraska and Columbia University, and also taught at both Wellesley and Vassar. Most notably, she contributed to The Portable Medieval Reader and The Portable Renaissance Reader.

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