Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe

ISBN-10: 0521547814
ISBN-13: 9780521547819
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In this updated edition of his classic account, Charles Nauert charts the rise of humanism as the distinctive culture of the social, political and intellectual elites in Renaissance Europe. He traces humanism's emergence in the unique social and cultural conditions of fourteenth-century Italy and its gradual diffusion throughout the rest of Europe. He shows how, despite its elitist origins, humanism became a major force in the popular culture and fine arts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the powerful impact it had on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. He uses art and biographical sketches of key figures to illuminate the narrative and concludes with an account of the limitations of humanism at the end of the Renaissance. The revised edition includes a new section dealing with the place of women in humanistic culture and an updated bibliography. It will be essential reading for all students of Renaissance Europe.

Charles G. Nauert is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His publications have dealt with various aspects of Renaissance humanism, mainly north of the Alps.

List of illustrations
Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
The birth of humanist culture
Humanism becomes dominant
Humanism and Italian society
Crossing the Alps
Triumph and disaster
Humanism in the late Renaissance
The end of an age
Bibliographical essay
Index

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