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. In this brilliant and absorbing book Vincent Cronin brings vividly to life the people and myriad achievements of this astonishingly fruitful epoch in human history.
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Mr. Cronin presents Florentine civilization for the general reader as if "it were a mural." He sees and shows the 15th century as a watershed "from which flow many of the beliefs and values we treasure most." It is a popular exposition of a luminous age - the Florence of the Medici; of historians Bruni and Valla; philosophers Ficino and Pico; astronomer and ipso facto astrologer Toscanelli who encouraged Columbus; Brunelleschi and Ghiberti, Donatello, Michelangelo, Botticelli. Not a mere compendium of names, this animates the period when the Church taboos fell away and men could confront the physical world, when Florence Justified her name (flowered) through art and science. Lorenzo's Florence, characterized by freedom, versatility, the active life and love of God (his own qualities) gave way to that of Savonarola.... A live, quick study which may raise questions (the political-philosophical interpretation of art, for example) as well as answer them. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Vincent Cronin
Vincent Cronin was educated at Ampleforth College, Harvard University, and Trinity College, Oxford, from which he graduated with honours in 1947. In addition to being a recipient of a W.H. Heinemann Award (1955) and a Rockefeller Foundation Award (1958), Cronin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His works have been widely translated into European languages.