The Renaissance and Reformation: A History in Documents

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byMerry Wiesner-hanks

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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 theReformation 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.In The 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 contractfor 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 inmarital 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.

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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 theReformation saw Protestant and Catholic religious lea...

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the Journal of Global History, the author or editor of twenty books, including Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2008) and Early Modern Europe 1450-1789 (2006).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195338022

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What Is a Document?How to Read a DocumentIntroduction: Re-births and ReformationsNote on Sources and Interpretation1. The Tumultuous Late Middle AgesThe Black DeathReactions and ExplanationsReligion and the PlagueEconomic and Social EffectsWar and Revolts2. The Past and the PerfectFlorence, A City of GoldThe Glories and Perils of PoetryFame and the Renaissance ManPerfect Gentlemen, Perfect LadiesA Perfect Prince or a Perfect Tyrant?3. The Glory of the WorldThe Book of NatureNature vs. ArtPainters, Poets, and NatureThe Artist as PoetFleeting Life, Fleeting LoveMusic to Charm the SoulMessages from the Stars4. Picture Essay: The Individual and the Family5. Merchants and Master CraftsmenThe Commercial RevolutionFamilies and FortunesMerchants and MoralityJews in Renaissance CitiesClothing and CapitalismCraft Guide6. Religious Reform and RenewalPrayer, Pilgrimages, and PenanceThe Power of the PopeCalls for ReformReform Becomes ReformationThe Catholic Response7. Radical Hopes, Popular Protests, and Mystical VisionsChurch and StateMartyrs and EnemiesThe Peasant's WarA Mystic Reformer8. A New Moral OrderCalvin's GenevaMarriage and the ReformationPreaching and TeachingWere the Reformers Successful?9. Global Connections and ChallengesSpices from the IndiesThe Voyages of ColumbusThe Impact of European Voyages in America and AfricaEuropean Thinking about the AmericasTimelineFurther ReadingWebsitesText CreditsPicture CreditsIndex