The word renaissance means "rebirth," and the most obvious example of this phenomenon was the rediscovery of Europe's classical Roman roots. The Renaissance began in northern Italy in the late 14th century and culminated in England in the early 17th century. Emphasis on the dignity of man (though not of woman) and on human potential distinguished the Renaissance from the previous Middle Ages. In poetry and literature, individual thought and action were prevalent, while depictions of the human form became a touchstone of Renaissance art. In science and medicine, the macrocosm and microcosm of the human condition inspired remarkable strides in research and discovery, and the Earth itself was explored, situating Europeans within a vast world of possibilities.
Organized thematically, Handbook to Life in Renaissance Europe spans two centuries of European discovery, from 1400 to 1600, and covers all aspects of life in Renaissance Europe. Coverage includes history, religion, art and visual culture, architecture, literature, language, music, warfare, commerce, exploration and travel, science and medicine, education, and daily life. This volume provides all the essential information required by anyone interested in European Renaissance history, society, or culture.
70 black-and-white photographs and maps. Index. Bibliography. Cross-references. Timeline.
About the Author(s)
Sandra Sider, Ph.D., holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature , specializing in Renaissance studies, in addition to holding an M.A. in art history. Her publications include several books and numerous articles pertaining to Renaissance history and visual culture. She currently teaches Renaissance art history at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, NY.