Best Books on the Renaissance

Best history books and biographies about the Renaissance. It also includes the events leading up to and influencing the Renaissance, as well as the impact the Renaissance had on the world.
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175 books · 95 voters · list created March 27th, 2010 by Marje (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
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Thom 6023 books
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message 8: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Donaghue The handful of books on this list about the Tudors - primarily Elizabeth and Henry VIII - are Reformation-era, NOT Renaissance!


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "The Daughter of Time? Is this list for novels?"

A dissertation masquerading as a novel.....An imaginary garden with real toads in it.....and the toads in this case are Tudor propagandists.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Daughter of Time? Is this list for novels?


message 5: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Apr 05, 2010 03:37PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "The Weaker Vessel is excellent - but I am under the impression it is about the 1600s?"

In principle yes, but Fraser deals fairly extensively with the limited place women were given in society prior to the changes slowly beginning in the 1600s, practically ever since the Middle Ages (or even before then) -- to detail the status quo ante, to explain how things subtly (and sometimes not entirely subtly) began to change in the 1600s, and to show how far a path women still had to walk even at the end of the 1600s ... when their general perception as "The Weaker Vessel" essentially had not yet changed in the least.


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "Thom - you would be a good counter to someone on my Tudor History Lovers group who promotes Rowse as the best thing since sliced bread."

s/he may be forgiven for thinking so: He was a shameless self-promoter and, according to J. Leeds Barroll, my teacher at U. Cinti. (Go Bearcats !) author of an "almost paranoid book" on Shakespeare wherein he claimed to have "solved the riddle of the sonnets".
BTW, a bearcat is actually a binturong.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Thom - you would be a good counter to someone on my Tudor History Lovers group who promotes Rowse as the best thing since sliced bread.


message 2: by Thom (last edited Apr 02, 2010 04:52PM) (new)

Thom Dunn SHAKESPEARE STUDIES, ed. J. Leeds Barroll, yearly volumes of historical scholarship.

{BTW, A. L. Rowse is a quack--the Gilderoy Lockhart of Sh. Studies.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Weaker Vessel is excellent - but I am under the impression it is about the 1600s?


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