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The Florentine Renaissance

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Florence in the fifteenth century was the undisputed centre of the Italian Renaissance. Its legacy is apparent today in every aspect of human endeavour. Out art and science, our learning and literature, our Christianity and out civic liberties, even our conception of what constitutes a gentleman, have all been shaped by Florentine thought and deed.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 10th 1992 by Pimlico (first published 1967)
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Excellent history of Florence during the 13th and 14th centuries. Alternated back-and-forth between broader historical context, local history, and biopics of many of the artists and figures of the day. A bit long and a little tedious at times, but essential if you're planning a trip to Florence and want to some history to help your appreciation.
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Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Vincent Cronin uses words so vivid that no illustration can capture in his quest to inform the world of the enterprising Florentine citizens and how they changed the artistic world by revisiting the ancient Roman and Greek Ideals. From Coluccio Salutati, the Chancellor of the Republic of Florence who bestowed upon the citizenry the necessary education for prosperity to Girolamo Savonarola who according to Cronin eroded the resilient and enterprising spirit of the Florentine that led to fall of t ...more
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Standing up well despite its age. Excellent account for general reader and student. Good handle on Platonic philosophy underpinning much of the intellectual reawakening and a keen eye for portraiture of key players.
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Vincent Cronin is a British historical, cultural, and biographical writer whose works have been widely translated into European languages. He is known for his biographies of Louis XIV, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon, as well as for his books on the Renaissance.