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"As we embark on this project of redefining the achievements of the European Renaissance, let us take to heart the fierce pride in mercantilism and the acquisitiveness which fuelled its enterprises. ... {We} will find ourselves before long among the more varied Renaissance treasures of gems, brocade fabrics, tapestries and fine books. It is just this entreprenurial spirit which I shall be pursuing in the chapters that follow, in order to sustain my claim that the seeds of our own exuberant multiculturalism and bravura consumerism were planted in the European Renaissance."

Historian Lisa jardine here sets out her intriguing thesis for her 1996 study, ___________________.

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Bloat: Consumerism in the Renaissance Free Enterprise Get the Finest, Get it First Worldly Goods
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