The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576 A.D.
"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.
The Age of Petrarch and Boccaccio 130475
The Popes in Avignon 130977
The Rise of the Medici 13781464
The Material Basis
The Golden Age 146492
Emilia and the Marches
Correggio 327 111 Along the Emilian Way
The Kingdom of Naples
The Crisis in the Church 13781447
The Renaissance Captures Rome 144792
The Sinner 411 vi The Collapse of the Borgia
Julius II 150313
Savonarola and the Republic 14921534
Pavia 178 vi Letters
Leonardo da Vinci
Tuscany and Umbria
Signorelli 223 iv Umbria and the Baglioni
Andrea Mantegna 251 m The First Lady of the World
in Letters 268 v Aftermath
Venetian Economy 281 4 Giorgione