The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576 A.D.

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Simon and Schuster, 1953 - History - 776 pages
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"A mosaic of biographical sketches interspersed with lively passages on manners, morals, dress, food, festivals, plagues, pastimes and artistic preferences among the Italian Úlite, during some eight generations." N Y Her Trib Books.
 

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The Durants write history so well one thinks they're reading a very good novel. The robust, and sadly some little-known, personalities of the age are portrayed with dynamism. It can be snatched-up for a quick read of a paragraph or two, and is time well-spent.
I loved this book.

Contents

The Age of Petrarch and Boccaccio 130475
3
The Popes in Avignon 130977
49
The Rise of the Medici 13781464
67
The Material Basis
73
the Age
87
Painting
98
The Golden Age 146492
110
the Age
119
Emilia and the Marches
327
Correggio 327 111 Along the Emilian Way
338
The Kingdom of Naples
349
The Crisis in the Church 13781447
361
The Renaissance Captures Rome 144792
373
The Borgias
404
The Sinner 411 vi The Collapse of the Borgia
433
Julius II 150313
441

Painting
133
Savonarola and the Republic 14921534
143
Milan
173
Pavia 178 vi Letters
191
Leonardo da Vinci
199
Tuscany and Umbria
229
Signorelli 223 iv Umbria and the Baglioni
240
Mantua
249
Andrea Mantegna 251 m The First Lady of the World
255
Ferrara
261
in Letters 268 v Aftermath
278
Venetian Economy 281 4 Giorgione
304
Leo X 151321
477
The Intellectual Revolt
525
The Moral Release
568
The Political Collapse 14941534
609
Sunset in Venice
649
in Titian and the Kings 661 vi Perspective
684
Science and Philosophy 691 v Benvenuto Cellini
705
Envoi
724
Notes
735
Index
751
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About the author (1953)

Will Durant was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on November 5, 1885. He received an undergraduate degree at St. Peter's College in New Jersey and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. His first book, Philosophy and the Social Problem, was published in 1917. His other works include The Story of Philosophy, The Mansions of Philosophy, and the ten-volume The Story of Civilization. By the time the seventh volume was published in 1961, his wife Ariel Durant was listed as a coauthor for her diligent assistance on the project. In 1968 they received the Pulitzer Prize for Rousseau and Revolution. The husband and wife team also wrote A Dual Autobiography in 1977. He died on November 7, 1981.

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