Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance
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Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance

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Exploring every aspect of art, philosophy, politics, life and culture between 1450 and 1620, this enthralling panorama examines one of the most fascinating and exciting periods in European history. A rich, dense book which combines inspiring generalizations with idiosyncratic detail.--The Spectator. Photos.
Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Touchstone Books (first published 1991)
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The European historical period is by common agreement divided into three parts – Ancient, Medieval and Modern. There is rather less agreement about the dating of when the dividing lines between these periods are. The fall of Rome is conventionally the beginning of the medieval period (in Britain this is often the withdrawal of direct Roman authority in 410 AD). The conventional date to end the middle ages is 1492 and Columbus’s discovery of the new world. Yet in itself this is fairly meaningless...more
Peter Mcloughlin
Really good book. After covering the politics of the European Continent during the Renaissance the bulk of the book focuses on the Great Art, Archetecture and Literature of the Renaissance. It has many black and white illustrations of buildings, paintings, sculptures, and prints from this era and spends a great deal of time relating both the overall sweep of the renaissance plus many fine details. I really enjoyed this book.
A wonderful book and a fitting monument to an outstanding art historian. Takes a broad look at the impact of the Renaissance and the Reformation on the culture of all Europe at a time when the concept of "Europe" as we know it today was beginning to take concrete form. Thoroughly recommended.
Dense and packed with detail. Great historical reference but it took me over a year to read it. It's better to scan and then read just the sections you are most intersted in. Overall the author does well in communicating the upheaval of the Renaissance.
Bridget Cameron
John Hale certainly knows Renaissance history, and writes so fluently on the topic in a way that is both intimate and objective of Renaissance key players and events.
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Knap, diepgaand overzichtwerk over de Renaissance.
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Julie Bauer
Fascinating and the final page made me laugh and cry.
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British historian specialising in the Renaissance, first Professor of History at the University of Warwick.

Also known as John R. Hale.
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