A Short History of the Renaissance in Europe

By Margaret L. King

© 2016

Writing about the Renaissance can be a daunting task. Not only do scholars disagree on what the Renaissance is, but they also disagree on whether or not it even took place. Margaret L. King's richly illustrated social history of the Renaissance succeeds as a trusted resource, introducing readers to Europe between 13001700, as well as to the problems of cultural renewal.

A Short History of the Renaissance in Europe includes a detailed discussion of Burckhardt as well as new content on European contact with the Islamic world. This new edition also provides improved coverage of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. "Focus" features provide fascinating insights into the Renaissance era, and "Voices" sections introduce a wealth of primary sources.

King's engaging narrative is enhanced by over 100 images, statistical tables, timelines, a glossary, and suggested readings.

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Margaret L. King's richly illustrated social history of the Renaissance succeeds as a trusted resource, introducing readers to Europe between 13001700, as well as to the problems of cultural renewal.

A Short History of the Renaissance in Europe

By Margaret L. King

© 2016

Writing about the Renaissance can be a daunting task. Not only do scholars disagree on what the Renaissance is, but they also disagree on whether or not it even took place. Margaret L. King's richly illustrated social history of the Renaissance succeeds as a trusted resource, introducing readers to Europe between 13001700, as well as to the problems of cultural renewal.

A Short History of the Renaissance in Europe includes a detailed discussion of Burckhardt as well as new content on European contact with the Islamic world. This new edition also provides improved coverage of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. "Focus" features provide fascinating insights into the Renaissance era, and "Voices" sections introduce a wealth of primary sources.

King's engaging narrative is enhanced by over 100 images, statistical tables, timelines, a glossary, and suggested readings.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.0in x 0.9in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    Margaret L. King's excellent textbook has long been the backbone of my Renaissance history course. Anyone teaching such a course to undergraduates faces many challenges, beginning with the definition of the Renaissance itself and acclimating students to the ancient legacy that is the backdrop to Renaissance humanism and art. King manages these and other challenges with ease.
    J. Laurel Carrington, St. Olaf College

    Margaret L. King describes life during the Renaissance with a clarity that is unmatched.
    Maryanne Cline Horowitz, Occidental College and University of California Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

    I am not generally a fan of textbooks and do not usually use them in any of my classes, but this excellent text is the exception to the rule. Students enjoy the text because of its clear organization, accessible prose, and engaging images, maps, and other learning resources.
    Eric Dursteler, Brigham Young University

    Margaret L. King's book is quite simply the best undergraduate text for courses on Renaissance Europe. It incorporates a considerable amount of the more recent scholarship on a number of relevant topics, including the early impact of printed media, the social and political dimensions of court culture, and the educational opportunities and accomplishments of Renaissance women.
    Edward Tabri, University of Texas, Tyler
  • Author Information

    Margaret L. King is Professor Emerita of History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and has published widely on Venice, women, and humanism in the Renaissance. She is currently Editor in Chief of Oxford Bibliographies Renaissance and Reformation and co-editor of the series The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe.
  • Table of contents

    List of Maps
    List of Illustrations
    List of Figures, Graphs, and Tables
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: The Idea of the Renaissance
     
    Chapter One: Italy and Rome: From Roman Republic to Secondo Popolo (c. 500 BCE–1300 CE)
     
    The Romanization of Italy
     
    Invasion and Destruction
    Early Migrations
    Focus: Monte Cassino
    Germanic Incursions
     
    Cathedral and Monastery
    The Authority of the Bishops
    The Origins of Monastic Life
     
    Emperor and Pope
    The Development of the Holy Roman Empire
    Gregory VII and the Drive for Papal Supremacy
     
    Commerce and Reurbanization
    Decline of the Roman Economy
    Voices: How to Succeed in Business
    The Flourishing of Maritime Trade
    The Expansion of Trading Networks
     
    The Communal Revolution
    Alliance of the Magnates
    Triumph of the Lombard League
     
    The Coming of the Popolo
    Merchant Guilds
    Focus: The Battle of Legnano, 1176
    Conflict between Pope and Emperor
    The Rebellion of the
    Popolo
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Two: An Age of Republics (c. 1250–c. 1350)
     
    Florence: Banking and Wool
    Banking
    Focus: Florence
    Wool and the Wool Guilds
    The Guilds and Civic Life
    Revolt of the
    Ciompi
    Focus: Venice
     
    Venice: Shipbuilding and Trade
    The Growth of Venice
    Shipbuilding and the State
    The Venetian Nobility

     
    Urban Renewal: Walls, Buildings, and Spaces
    Walls
    Buildings

    Vita Civile: Urban Culture in a Republican Age
    The Jurists
    The Secretaries

    Voices: Yearning to Be Free
     
    Dante and Giotto: Innovators before the Dawn of the Renaissance
    Dante Alighieri
    Giotto di Bondone
    Voices: Petrarch’s Letter “To Posterity”
     
    Boccaccio and Petrarch: Inaugurators of Renaissance Thought
    Boccaccio
    Petrarch
     
    Republics and Principalities
     
    The Black Death
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Three: Human Dignity and Humanist Studies: The Career of Humanism (c. 1350–c. 1530)
     
    The Recovery of Classical Antiquity
    Focus: Personal Space
    Roman Works
    Greek Works

     
    The “Studies of Humanity”
    The Idea of Humanist Education
    Humanist Educational Treatises

     
    The Dignity of Man
    Giannozzo Manetti
    Pico della Mirandola

     
    Civic Humanism
    Voices: Barbaro and Pico
    Proposing New Values: Poggio and Valla
    Praising the City: Bruni
    Voices: Valla’s Logic
     
    Women and Humanism
    Early Female Humanists
    Later Female Humanists: Nogarola, Cereta, Fedele
    Voices: Women and Humanism in Renaissance Italy
     
    Humanism, Philosophy, and Scholarship
    Philosophy: Aristotle and Plato
    Other Schools
    Printing
    Textual Scholarship

     
    The Sociology of Humanism
    Focus: Aldine Editions
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Four: New Visions (c. 1350–c. 1530)
     
    Breakthroughs in Style
     
    Perspective: The Artful Construction of Reality
     
    Patronage and Patrons
    Types of Patronage
    Focus: New Visions
    Florence and Milan
    Ferrara, Mantua, and Urbino
    Music

     
    Architecture and Urbanism
    The Rediscovery of Classical Architecture
    Churches
    Secular Buildings
    Focus: Brunelleschi’s Dome
    Voices: Artists and Patrons in Urbino and Venice
    City Planning

     
    Portraits and Personality
    Portraits and Self-Portraits
    Voices: Isabella d’Este
    Equestrian Portraits and Tombs
     
    Art and the Everyday
    City and Country Settings
    Interiors

     
    From Artisan to Genius: The Evolution of the Artist
    Vasari
    Alberti
    Leonardo
    Women Artists

     
    The High Renaissance (c. 1500–1530)
    Rome
    Venice
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Five: At Home and in the Piazza (c. 1350–c. 1530)
     
    Public Life
    Social Structure
    Focus: Prostitutes and Courtesans
    Associations
    Social Control

    Voices: Riot, Plague, and Punishment
    Focus: The Jewish Community in the Italian Renaissance
     
    Private Life
    The Household
    Voices: Death and Consolation
    Patriarchy, Property, and Marriage

    Voices: The Duties of a Wife
    Women and Children
    Focus: Childbirth and Childrearing in Renaissance Italy
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Six: The Church and the People (c. 1350–c. 1530)
     
    Papacy and the Papal State
    The Rise of the Papacy
    Focus: Popes and Cardinals
    Challenges to the Papacy
     
    Popular Religion
    Paganism and Heresy
    The Mendicant Movements
    Confraternities

    Voices: Brothers (Sisters) in Christ
     
    Holy Women
    Saints and Martyrs
    Focus: Holy Women and Unwilling Nuns
    Catherine of Siena
    Francesca of Rome
    Catherine of Bologna
    Catherine of Genoa
    Angela Merici

     
    Pastors of the Flock
    Archbishops and Bishops
    Preachers and Visionaries
    Bernardino of Siena
    Girolamo Savonarola

     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Seven: Statecraft and Warcraft (c. 1350–c. 1530)
     
    The Tide of Despotism
    The Organization of Violence
    Focus: Warriors for Hire
    Padua and Verona
    The Visconti in Milan
    Ferrara, Mantua, and Urbino
    The Papal States and the Two Sicilies

    Voices: A Despot’s Advice and a Republican’s Lament
    Freedom versus Tyranny

     
    Balance of Power
    Councils and Commissions
    Focus: The Machinery of Government in Venice
    The Trend toward Oligarchy
    Administering Justice
    Raising Revenues

    Focus: The Medici
    Diplomacy
    Venice and Florence Expand
    Military Organization
    War and Peace

     
    Invasion and Conquest
    The French Invasion to the Battle of Fornovo
    The Great Captain and the Conquest of Naples
    Julius II and the Battle of Agnadello
    The Holy League and the Battle of Marignano
    Habsburg versus Valois to the Battle of Pavia • 247
    The Sack of Rome
    The Return of the Medici

    Voices: The Republican Spirit in Florence
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Eight: The Crisis and Beyond (c. 1500–c. 1650)
     
    The Machiavellian Moment
    Machiavelli’s Career
    Machiavelli’s Thought
    Machiavelli’s Political Vision

     
    Courts and Princes: Castiglione’s The Courtier
    Book One
    Book Two
    Book Three
    Book Four
    Influence

     
    The States of Italy after c. 1530
     
    Ideas and the Arts in Late Renaissance Italy
    The Visual Arts
    Focus: Womanly Perspective
    The Performing Arts
    Literature and Literary Trends
    Focus: The Origins of Opera
    Voices: Pietro Aretino, “Scourge of Princes”
    Science, Medicine, and Philosophy

    Voices: Women and Love
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Nine: The Renaissance and the Two Reformations (c. 1500–c. 1650)
     
    Visitors and Emissaries
     
    Printing, Humanism, and Reform
    The Manuscript Book
    The Printed Book: Early Years
    The Printed Book: Later Developments
    Focus: The English Century
     
    Erasmus, More, and Vives
    Erasmus
    Focus: The Enchantments of Nowhere
    More and Utopia
    Vives and the Erasmian Mission

     
    The Reformations and the Humanist Tradition
    Protestants
    Voices: Luther and Calvin on Liberty and Free Will
    The Catholic Response

    Voices: The Catholic Response: The Council of Trent, Ignatius of Loyola, and Teresa of Ávila
    Intersections
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Ten: The Renaissance beyond the Alps: Cities, Courts, and Kings (c. 1500–c. 1700)
     
    Contexts: Kingdoms, Courts, and Cities
    Kingdoms
    Courts
    Cities

    Focus: Early Modern Cities
     
    Centers of the Renaissance beyond the Alps
    Spain and Portugal
    Voices: Spanish Sketches
    The Low Countries

    Focus: The Low Countries: Interiors and Exteriors
    France
    The British Isles

    Voices: In Search of Authenticity
    The German Lands
    Northern and Eastern Europe
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Chapter Eleven: The Renaissance and New Worlds (c. 1500–c. 1700)
     
    The New World in the Ocean Sea
    The Mediterranean
    Focus: The Renaissance and Globalization
    Portuguese Ventures
    Spanish Exploration and Conquest
    Indigenous Peoples, Africans, and the Slave Trade
    North America and the Triangle Trade
    The Impact on European Consciousness

     
    New Heavens, New Earth
    Cosmographical Revisions
    Voices: Scientific Observers
    Other Scientific Advances

    Voices: Discerning Truth
    New Ways to Reason

    Focus: Educating the Few—and the Many
     
    Toward Enlightenment
    Readers and Learners
    Women and the World of Learning
    Focus: The Worth of Women
     
    Conclusion
    Suggested Readings
     
    Glossary
    Credits
    Index

     

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