Histoire de la vie privée. Tome III. De la Renaissance aux Lumières
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Histoire de la vie privée. Tome III. De la Renaissance aux Lumières (A History of Private Life #3)

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Readers intersted in history, and in development of the modern sensibility, should relish this large-scale yet intimately detailed examination of the blossoming of the ordinary and extraordinary people of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. This third in popular five-volume series celebrates the emergence of individualism and the manifestatioons of a burgeoning self-con...more
Mass Market Paperback, 635 pages
Published October 4th 1999 by Seuil (first published 1986)
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And now volume three. My reviews of the first two books in this series have garnered a fat total of 0 votes, positive or negative, so I'll make this review brief.

This book charts the transistion from the middle ages to the beginnings of the modern period. In the introduction by Aries (who's scholarship is the inspiration for this project), he makes a claim that this time period deserves to be treated as a seperate "early modern" period. It's a noble thought, but the book reads more like one wou...more
Noelle M
Overwhelming discussions about the shifting western social tides from the dominant value of the community to the dominant value of the individual who is recognizable when we look in a mirror. We begin to see ourselves and our society emerging from a long period in which individual worth was of minor worth to society. This is the period in which the American Revolution finally erupted to legally clear the way for individuals to exist, and the French Revolution hammered the coffin shut on "organic...more
Part three of five. Here we start to get closer to the home of the authors of the series, France, as the book examines life in Italy, England, and France around the Renaissance and the beginnings of what we might recognize as modern life. The printing press and the mechanics of 'good taste' are examined, as well as writings private and public of people of the era.

Wonderful quote by one not happy with the explosion of writing the printing press set loose on society: Est Virgo Hec Penna: Mererix E...more
Laurel Kristick
This is the best volume of the 3 I've read. I found interesting parallels between the young men of the chirivari and the Taliban in one section. Also, it was interesting to read how reading as changed over the centuries.
Sherwood Smith
Like the earlier volume, this makes good general reading, with an excellent bibliography.
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