A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance by Guido Ruggiero

By Guido Ruggiero

This quantity brings jointly one of the most intriguing renaissance students to indicate new methods of considering the interval and to set a brand new sequence of agendas for Renaissance scholarship.

  • Overturns the concept it used to be a interval of ecu cultural triumph and highlights the damaging in addition to the confident.
  • Looks on the Renaissance from a global, in place of simply eu, point of view.
  • Views the Renaissance from views except simply the cultural elite.
  • Gender, intercourse, violence, and cultural historical past are built-in into the analysis.

Content:
Chapter 1 The Italian Renaissance (pages 21–38): Gene Brucker
Chapter 2 the ecu Renaissance (pages 39–54): Randolph Starn
Chapter three The Renaissance and the center East (pages 55–69): Linda T. Darling
Chapter four The Renaissance international from the West (pages 70–87): Matthew Restall
Chapter five The ancient Geography of the Renaissance (pages 88–103): Peter Burke
Chapter 6 Governments and Bureaucracies (pages 104–123): Edward Muir
Chapter 7 Honor, legislation, and customized in Renaissance Europe (pages 124–138): James R. Farr
Chapter eight Violence and its regulate within the overdue Renaissance: An Italian version (pages 139–155): Gregory Hanlon
Chapter nine Manners, Courts, and Civility (pages 156–171): Robert Muchembled
Chapter 10 kinfolk and extended family within the Renaissance global (pages 172–187): Joanne M. Ferraro
Chapter eleven Gender (pages 188–207): Elissa B. Weaver
Chapter 12 the parable of Renaissance Individualism (pages 208–224): John Jeffries Martin
Chapter thirteen Social Hierarchies: the higher periods (pages 225–242): Matthew Vester
Chapter 14 Social Hierarchies: The reduce sessions (pages 243–258): James S. Amelang
Chapter 15 instruments for the improvement of the eu economic system (pages 259–278): Karl Appuhn
Chapter sixteen monetary Encounters and the 1st levels of a global financial system (pages 279–295): John A. Marino
Chapter 17 The Subcultures of the Renaissance global (pages 297–315): David C. Gentilcore
Chapter 18 excessive tradition (pages 316–332): Ingrid D. Rowland
Chapter 19 non secular Cultures (pages 333–348): R. Po?Chia Hsia
Chapter 20 paintings (pages 334–365): Loren Partridge
Chapter 21 Literature (pages 366–383): James Grantham Turner
Chapter 22 Political rules (pages 384–402): John M. Najemy
Chapter 23 The clinical Renaissance (pages 403–424): William Eamon
Chapter 24 Plague, sickness, and starvation (pages 425–443): Mary Lindemann
Chapter 25 Renaissance Bogeymen: the mandatory Monsters of the Age (pages 444–459): Linda Woodbridge
Chapter 26 Violence and conflict within the Renaissance international (pages 460–474): Thomas F. Arnold
Chapter 27 Witchcraft and Magic (pages 475–490): Guido Ruggiero
Chapter 28 The Illicit Worlds of the Renaissance (pages 491–505): Ian Frederick Moulton

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Conflict was endemic, involving city-states, feudal lordships, the Hohenstaufen and Angevin monarchs in the south, the papacy, and invading forces from across the Alps. THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE 27 In the fourteenth century, bands of soldiers from wars in France and Germany filtered into Italy, pillaging, burning, and killing peasants and townsmen, and extorting ransom from weak city-states. Contributing to the destruction and disorder caused by these marauders were the population losses from famines and recurring visitations of the bubonic plague.

The rise of humanism as a cultural movement was thus due in significant part to the perception of its relevance to contemporary concerns, and to its special attraction to newly emerging elites. Also contributing to humanism’s ultimate triumph was the effectivenessof its propaganda in promoting its agenda through the rhetorical skills of its adherents and (as we would say today) their mastery of the media. Humanists utilized the newly invented printing press to establish a futed canon of classical texts, and to make those texts more available to a wider audience at a much reduced cost.

No historian of their skill and vision can been found among the hundreds of pedantic antiquarians who wrote laudatory accounts of their city’s past, or in the case of some clerics, treatises justifying papal authority. But with the exception of cosmology,the natural sciences were largely exempt from regulations by censors and inquisitors. Croce’s denigration of the plastic arts ignores the achievements of painters and sculptors, from Pontormo, Bronzino, Titian, Tintoretto, and Caravaggio in the sixteenth to Bernini, Borromini, and Pietro da Cortona in the seventeenth century.

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