Renaissances by Richard Mackenney
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By Richard Mackenney


The Cultures of Italy, 1300-1600

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Renaissances by Richard Mackenney

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The Italian Renaissance retains its extraordinary hold on the historical imagination. What began as a rediscovery of the culture and values of the Ancient World came to invent our notion of the 'Middle Ages' and continues to pose sharp and searching questions as to what we regard as the beginning of the 'modern era'. However, what was 'the Italian Renaissance'? Was there a single phenomenon that affected the entire peninsula and had meaning for all or even most of its people from the age of the painter Giotto in the fourteenth century to the age of the astronomer Galileo in the seventeenth? This richly-illustrated book stresses the plurality of 'the cultures of Italy' and the diversity of the Italian Renaissance: the enormously varied forms of cultural achievement and the different circumstances that prevailed in various contexts, both urban and courtly. Richard Mackenney examines why the great revival did not touch the whole of Italy or the majority of its people and argues that, while the wonder and joy of classical rebirth remained vivid, there was also a dimension of anxiety, especially in the challenge that ancient cultures posed to Christian belief. Mackenney also maintains that, in an Italian context, the triumph of artistic and literary diversity and the tragedy of political disunity went hand in hand. Covering art, literature, and music, and providing an exploration of the political and social contexts, this is an essential guide to one of the most fascinating periods of Italian history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333629048
ISBN-10: 0333629043
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 143mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 29-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Sixteenth Century Europe by Richard Mackenney Sixteenth Century Europe, Paperback (August 1993)

The chronological period 1500-1600 witnessed the Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Expansion. The decisive cultural theme of the 15th century - classical revival in Italy - spread and diversified as the social structures of the Ancien Regime were yet to solidify.

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Author Biography - Richard Mackenney

RICHARD MACKENNEY is Reader in Early Modern European History at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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