Renaissance Europe: Age of Recovery and Reconciliation
These popular volumes offer a comprehensive, challenging introduction to the politics, economic development, social life, culture, and thought of early modern Europe. The Renaissance volume includes discussion of political and religious life in the Italian city-states and an emphasis on the interrelationship of literature, philosophy, art, and science. The Reformation volume provides new examinations of the social and economic aspects of the Reformation and the significance of humanism during the early Reformation period.
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De Lamar Jensen’s "Renaissance Europe: Age of Recovery and Reconciliation" necessarily spends a great deal of the book discussing life in the Italian states during the late 14th and 15th centuries. This is a decidedly rich time and place to consider, and the book covers all of the expected, particularly the Italian artists of the period. It is nearly impossible to imagine a world without Renaissance art, and Jensen does an admirable job of recapturing the world as it was on the cusp of an astonishing flowering of art, architecture, and learning. The epochal developments in finance are not overlooked, though: the Medici are frequent guests on the pages of this volume. The small joys of this book are in unexpected places. In a chapter on science and technology, Jensen devotes two pages to a brief, but loving discussion of the invention of the printing press, and touchingly demonstrates how aweing the new technology was to its masters by quoting the inscription on the title page of an early encyclopedia. Further, in 1469 Peter Schöffer of Mainz apparently printed the world’s first catalog, a twenty item list of books for sale that included blurbs about each. The remainder of the chapter discusses the diffusion of the new technology in abridged, but fascinating detail. Jensen was an ardent admirer of Christopher Columbus and lionized the man in his church’s publications, going so far as to cite scripture as evidence of Columbus’ special destiny. Fortunately, his discussion of Columbus in this book is temperate and even-handed, providing a cogent summary of the explorer’s theories and motivations. As part of the considerable space devoted to trans-ocean exploration, the author focuses on the crucial advances made in cartography and navigational instrumentation. Jensen also tries to burnnish Machiavelli’s image, introducing the reader to the totality of the Florentine’s career and writings, and identifying Machiavelli's contemporary Francesco Guicciardini as the more ‘Machiavellian’ Italian political philosopher. Luther and Calvin make only cameo appearances in this volume, and Zwingli is completely absent. There is an adequate amount of information about their predecessors Wyclif and Hus, however, and Thomas More and Erasmus both receive a great deal of attention. So does Charles V, the emperor who was also one of Luther’s contemporaries. The partial overlap of these Reformation-associated characters in this book of the Renaissance is somewhat confusing, and requires the companion volume on the Reformation to fully appreciate the work. When twinned with the Reformation volume, Jensen Renaissance serves as an outstanding introduction to European history in a period that was critical to the development of the modern western world. A period that retains such fascination among the public can be dangerous ground for the unsure historian, but Jensen negotiates the terrain without descending into needless cliché. I recommend the book.
Review: Renaissance Europe: Age of Recovery and ReconciliationUser Review - Katie - Goodreads
This is a pretty good textbook. It's nothing spectacular, but I think it would work pretty well as a book for a course on Renaissance Europe. You won't learn much extra on the subjects you already ... Read full review
introduction The Meaning of the Renaissance
chapter one The Medieval Heritage
chapter two The Italian CityStates
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