Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by Thomas CahillFrom the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book.
In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.
The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? - Crash Course World History #22
There are many highly interesting periods of history to learn about, but one of the most fascinating is that which covers the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Italy. Generally speaking, there are many reasons why the Renaissance is an important area of study. Not only is the period highly engaging, but it also offers us several lessons by which we can approach the world today. Here are a few reasons why the Renaissance is worth studying. Have you ever looked back to history with admiration, excitement, or nostalgia?
The Italian Renaissance in Context
The Renaissance was a revival in thought after the Middle Ages. Renaissance Europe was fasinated with ancient Greek culture. That is reflected in art. Humanism and its study of the classical writing of the past had an indirect impact on science and art during the Renaissance. Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.
The Renaissance began after the plague in the 14th and 15th centuries and was fueled by soldiers returning from the Crusades. There was renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman art. Human beings were included in artwork. Artwork was no longer just depictions of holy topics. There was new interest in science, the environment and philosophy. This invention changed the lives of people in Europe and all over the world. Prior to its invention, books were made by hand.