Plague and Pleasure: The Renaissance World of Pius II

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CUA Press, 2014 - History - 407 pages
Plague and Pleasure is a lively popular history that introduces a new hypothesis about the impetus behind the cultural change in Renaissance Italy. The Renaissance coincided with a period of chronic, constantly recurring plague, unremitting warfare and pervasive insecurity. Consequently, people felt a need for mental escape to alternative, idealized realities, distant in time or space from the unendurable present but made vivid to the imagination through literature, art, and spectacle.
 

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Contents

1 The Myth of the Renaissance
1
2 The Four Horsemen
21
3 Corsignano and Siena
48
4 The Exile
65
5 The Cleric
90
6 The Road to Mantua
111
7 Renaissance Chivalry
127
8 Mantua and After
144
13 Pienza
245
14 Urban Dreams
258
15 Visits to Antiquity
275
16 Villas and Gardens
295
17 The Crusade
312
18 The Art of Copiousness
334
19 Conclusion Pius and His Period
359
Appendix Plague in Italy 13471700
373

9 The Political Pope
169
10 A Room of Ones Own
189
1462
207
12 The Age of Spectacle
226

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About the author (2014)

Arthur White is adjunct professor of history at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette

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