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Renaissance and Reformation (12 Edition)


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At first glance, the Renaissance and the Reformation--two movements (one cultural, one religious) that defined Europe from 1400 to 1600--may appear to be polar opposites. The Renaissance found scholars and artists celebrating the beauty and splendor of the material world, while the Reformation saw Protestant and Catholic religious leaders and their followers focusing on eternal salvation. However, there were actually striking similarities between these two worlds. For instance, while both Renaissance artists and Reformation pastors originally desired a return to a "golden age" of the past, they both ended up creating something very new instead.

In The Renaissance and Reformation, Merry Wiesner-Hanks allows the historical participants to tell their own stories. She presents a mix of visual sources and written documents not only from learned scholars, trained artists, university-educated religious reformers, and powerful political leaders--but also from more ordinary men and women. Leonardo da Vinci considers the merits of painting versus poetry in his notebook, while the Italian diplomat Baldassar Castiglione recommends the pastime of music-making to gentlemen in his book The Courtier. A group of small-time investors signs a contract for a trading venture from Genoa to Corsica and Sardinia, and a wealthy Florentine widow writes a letter to her son, weighing his ability to start a new business. A picture essay uses individual and family portraits to discuss ideas about personality, temperament, and "genius"; social differences in marital patterns; and changes in family relationships. Wiesner-Hanks places events in Europe in a global context, allowing readers to examine the ways in which they were related to the voyages of exploration.

About the Author

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the Journal of Global History, the author or editor of twenty books, including Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2008) and Early Modern Europe 1450-1789 (2006).

Table of Contents

What Is a Document?

How to Read a Document

Introduction: Re-births and Reformations

Note on Sources and Interpretation

Chapter 1: The Tumultuous Late Middle Ages

The Black Death

Reactions and Explanations

Religion and the Plague

Economic and Social Effects

War and Revolts

Chapter 2: The Past and the Perfect

Florence, A City of Gold

The Glories and Perils of Poetry

Fame and the Renaissance Man

Perfect Gentlemen, Perfect Ladies

A Perfect Prince or a Perfect Tyrant?

Chapter 3: The Glory of the World

The Book of Nature

Nature vs. Art

Painters, Poets, and Nature

The Artist as Poet

Fleeting Life, Fleeting Love

Music to Charm the Soul

Messages from the Stars

Chapter 4: Picture Essay: The Individual and the Family

Chapter 5: Merchants and Master Craftsmen

The Commercial Revolution

Families and Fortunes

Merchants and Morality

Jews in Renaissance Cities

Clothing and Capitalism

Craft Guilds

Chapter 6: Religious Reform and Renewal

Prayer, Pilgrimages, and Penance

The Power of the Pope

Calls for Reform

Reform Becomes Reformation

The Catholic Response

Chapter 7: Radical Hopes, Popular Protests, and Mystical Visions

Church and State

Martyrs and Enemies

The Peasants' War

A Mystic Reformer

Chapter 8: A New Moral Order

Calvin's Geneva

Marriage and the Reformation

Preaching and Teaching

Were the Reformers Successful?

Chapter 9: Global Connections and Challenges

Spices from the Indies

The Voyages of Columbus

The Impact of European Voyages in America and Africa

European Thinking about the Americas


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Product Details

Wiesner-hanks, Merry
Oxford University Press, USA
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry
Wiesner, Merry E.
History, World | European
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
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