Handbook to Life in Renaissance Europe

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - History - 382 pages
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The word renaissance means "rebirth," and the most obvious example of this phenomenon was the regeneration of Europe's classical Roman roots. The Renaissance began in northern Italy in the late 14th century and culminated in England in the early 17th century. Emphasis on the dignity of man (though not of woman) and on human potential distinguished the Renaissance from the previous Middle Ages. In poetry and literature, individual thought and action were prevalent, while depictions of the human form became a touchstone of Renaissance art. In science and medicine the macrocosm and microcosm of the human condition inspired remarkable strides in research and discovery, and the Earth itself was explored, situating Europeans within a wider realm of possibilities. Organized thematically, the Handbook to Life in Renaissance Europe covers all aspects of life in Renaissance Europe: History; religion; art and visual culture; architecture; literature and language; music; warfare; commerce; exploration and travel; science and medicine; education; daily life.

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Contents

The Papacy
30
Saint Francis Xavier and his missionary
38
Protestant Reformation
47
Judaism
54
Painting
67
AJtarpiece retable of the Apotheosis
73
Tapestries
78
Prints
85
Major Figures
196
Reading
205
Textiles
212
Slavery
218
Geography and Cartography
224
Exploration
232
Major Figures
241
Reading
247

Reading
98
Influence of Rome
106
Villas
113
Major Architects
120
terary Theory
128
Sacred Music
160
Musical Instruments
167
Reading
175
Armor and Traditional Weaponry
182
Military Medicine
190
Humanistic Education
270
University Education
277
Major Figures
285
Time and the Calendar
291
Ceremonies Festivities and Other Public
299
Food and Cooking
305
GLOSSARY
313
CHRONOLOGICAL CHART 3 21
321
INDEX
345
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Sandra Sider holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature, specializing in Renaissance studies, in addition to an M.A. in art history. She has taught Renaissance art history at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City. Her publications include several books and numerous articles pertaining to Renaissance history and visual culture including Bibliography of Emblematic Manuscripts (with Barbara Obrist) published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992, Maps, Charts, Globes: Five Centuries of Exploration published by the Hispanic Society of America, and "Getting past 1492: the Renaissance in recent Portuguese and Spanish publications," An article Renaissance Quarterly online.

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