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Renaissance and Reformation A History in Documents

ISBN-10: 0195338022
ISBN-13: 9780195338027
Edition: 2011
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Description: At first glance, the Renaissance and the Reformation--two movements (one cultural, one religious) that defined Europe from 1400 to 1600--may appear to be polar opposites. The Renaissance found scholars and artists celebrating the beauty and splendor  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/9/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

At first glance, the Renaissance and the Reformation--two movements (one cultural, one religious) that defined Europe from 1400 to 1600--may appear to be polar opposites. The Renaissance found scholars and artists celebrating the beauty and splendor of the material world, while the Reformation saw Protestant and Catholic religious leaders and their followers focusing on eternal salvation. However, there were actually striking similarities between these two worlds. For instance, while both Renaissance artists and Reformation pastors originally desired a return to a "golden age" of the past, they both ended up creating something very new instead.InThe Renaissance and Reformation, Merry Wiesner-Hanks allows the historical participants to tell their own stories. She presents a mix of visual sources and written documents not only from learned scholars, trained artists, university-educated religious reformers, and powerful political leaders--but also from more ordinary men and women. Leonardo da Vinci considers the merits of painting versus poetry in his notebook, while the Italian diplomat Baldassar Castiglione recommends the pastime of music-making to gentlemen in his book The Courtier. A group of small-time investors signs a contract for a trading venture from Genoa to Corsica and Sardinia, and a wealthy Florentine widow writes a letter to her son, weighing his ability to start a new business. A picture essay uses individual and family portraits to discuss ideas about personality, temperament, and "genius"; social differences in marital patterns; and changes in family relationships. Wiesner-Hanks places events in Europe in a global context, allowing readers to examine the ways in which they were related to the voyages of exploration.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series.

What Is a Document?
How to Read a Document
IntroductionRe-births and Reformations
Note on Sources and Interpretation
The Tumultuous Late Middle Ages
The Black Death
Reactions and Explanations
Religion and the Plague
Economic and Social Effects
War and Revolts
The Past and the Perfect
Florence, A City of Gold
The Glories and Perils of Poetry
Fame and the Renaissance Man
Perfect Gentlemen, Perfect Ladies
A Perfect Prince or a Perfect Tyrant?
The Glory of the World
The Book of Nature
Nature vs. Art
Painters, Poets, and Nature
The Artist as Poet
Fleeting Life, Fleeting Love
Music to Charm the Soul
Messages from the Stars
Picture EssayThe Individual and the Family
Merchants and Master Craftsmen
The Commercial Revolution
Families and Fortunes
Merchants and Morality
Jews in Renaissance Cities
Clothing and Capitalism
Craft Guide
Religious Reform and Renewal
Prayer, Pilgrimages, and Penance
The Power of the Pope
Calls for Reform
Reform Becomes Reformation
The Catholic Response
Radical Hopes, Popular Protests, and Mystical Visions
Church and State
Martyrs and Enemies
The Peasant's War
A Mystic Reformer
A New Moral Order
Calvin's Geneva
Marriage and the Reformation
Preaching and Teaching
Were the Reformers Successful?
Global Connections and Challenges
Spices from the Indies
The Voyages of Columbus
The Impact of European Voyages in America and Africa
European Thinking about the Americas
Timeline
Further Reading
Websites
Text Credits
Picture Credits
Index

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