Renaissance Lives: Portraits Of An Age

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Basic Books, Aug 4, 2008 - History - 296 pages
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Fifteen brilliantly potted biographies of the Renaissance era’s most creative and vivid figures, fascinating individuals who embody the hopes, discoveries, and struggles of an age that gave birth to the modern world. Their stories make us see anew the profound transformations of an entire era that took for its name a word meaning ”rebirth.”
 

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Rabb's vignettes offer insight into Renaissance and into 15 men and women of the era. His goal is to show how these individuals defined their age as well as were defined by their age. Very well written and insightful. Read full review

Renaissance lives: portraits of an age

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A companion to the forthcoming five-part PBS series on the Renaissance, this terrifically exciting book should also draw a wide audience in the general reading public. It is a survey of the tremendous ... Read full review

Contents

The Assault on the Past
1
The Creation of a New Vision
33
The Enthusiasm for Change
73
The Response to Change
93
The Search for Order
123
The Discovery of New Worlds
139
The New Professional
175
The Mastery of Power
193
The Pragmatist in Changing Times
211
The Response to Revolution
227
Afterword
255
Acknowledgments
257
Illustration Credits
259
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Theodore K. Rabb is a professor of Renaissance and early modern history at Princeton University. He has written or edited more than twenty books, including Renaissance Lives.

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