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2 Burnside Classics- Medieval and Renaissance General

The Portable Renaissance Reader


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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Essential passages form the works of more than 100 fifteenth-and sixteenth-century thinkers and writers, including Erasmus, Cervantes, Boccaccio, Montaigne, Bodin, Dürer, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Rabelais, Leonardo, Cellini, Copernicus, Galileo, Savonarola, Luther, and Calvin.

Table of Contents


Suggestions for Further Reading (Revised, 1967)

Biographical List of Authors

Chronological Table Part One: An Age of Gold This Our Age War and the Golden Age

Jean de Montreuil

The Turkish Menace

Cardinal Bessarion

A Bleak Prospect

Pope Pius II

The Golden Age in Florence

Marsilio Ficino

An Age of Gold

Erasmus of Rotterdam

The Restoration of the Gospel

Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples

The Necessary Evils

Richard Eden

The Golden Age

Toquato Tasso

The Excellence of This Age

Loys Le Roy

The Evils of the Times

Justus Lipsius

Don Quixote and the Golden Age

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The Return of the Muses The Man of Letters

Francesco Petrarca

The Return of the Muses

Giovanni Bocaccio

Petrarca and the Art of Poetry

Leonardo Bruni

The Glory of the Latin Language

Lorenzo Valla

Germany Invokes the Muses

Joachim von Watt

The Arts Reborn

Giorgio Vasari

The New-Found World The Golden World

Pietro Martire d'Anghiera

Joyful News from the New-Found World

Nicolas Monardes


Luis de León

The Old World and the New

Michel de Montaigne

Tobacco, Tobacco


Part Two: The City of Man

The Pursuit of Profit The Prosperity of Florence

Benedetto Dei

Venice, Mistress of the Seas

Arnold von Harff

The Hapsburgs and the Fuggers

Maximilian I and Jakob Fugger

Jack of Newberie, an English Clothier

Thomas Deloney

Antwerp, the Great Market

Ludovico Guicciardini

The Dearness of Things

Jean Bodin

The Manner of the World Life in Vienna

Pope Pius II

The Plight of the French Poor

Cahier of the Estates General

Life among the English

Venetian Relazione

The Manner of the World Nowadayes

John Skelton (?)

A Painter's Travels

Albrecht Dürer

The Peasants' War in Tyrol

George Kirchmair and Michael Geismayr

A House in Venice

Pietro Aretino

Observations on the Turks

Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq

The Judgment of a Witch

Fugger Newsletter

The Edifice of Power The Circle of Governments

Niccoló Machiavelli

A Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici

Francesco Guicciardini

The Balance of Power in Italy

Francesco Guicciardini

Henry VII, A New Monarch

Francis Bacon

Charles V and Philip His Son

Marino Cavalli

The Strength and Weakness of France

Michele Suriano

The Search for Protection On Virtù and Fortune

Leon Battista Alberti

The Perfect Country House

Leon Battista Alberti

The Perfect Gentleman

Giovanni della Casa

The Relief of the Poor

Juan Luis Vives

The Reform of the Commonwealth

Thomas Starkey

War and the Law of Nations

Francisco de Vitoria

The Concord of the World

Guillaume Postel

Part Three: The Study of Man Learning of the Best Sort The Ruins of Rome

Poggio Bracciolini

The Restoration of Rome

Bartolommeo Platina

The Soul of Man

Marsilio Ficino

The Immortality of the Soul

Pietro Pomponnazi

The Life of a Scholar-Printer

Aldus Manutius

On the New Testament

Erasmus of Rotterdam

Pythagoras Reborn

Johann Reuchlin

Gargantua's Advice to Pantagruel

François Rabelais

The Orphic Lyre In Praise of Poetry

Giovanni Boccaccio

Music and the Courtier

Baldassare Castiglione

A Complaint by Night of the Lover Not Beloved

Francesco Petrarca

On the Death of the Lady Laura

Francesco Petrarca

A Ballata

Angelo Poliziano

A Carnival Song

Lorenzo de' Medici

Astolpho's Journey to the Moon

Ludovico Ariosto

Love's Justification

Michelangelo Buonarroti

To Vittoria Colonna: The Model and the Statue

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Mass of Love: A Spanish Ballad


A Sonnet

Luis Vaz de Camõ

Night of Stars

Luis de León

To the Moon

Pierre de Ronsard

Of His Lady's Old Age

Pierre de Ronsard

Happy Who Like Ulysses

Joachim du Bellay

A Sonnet to Heavenly Beauty

Joachim du Bellay

Poor Loving Soul

Louise Labé

My Lute Awake

Sir Thomas Wyatt

Thou Blind Man's Mark

Sir Philip Sidney

Weep You No More, Sad Fountains


The Theater of Life Orfeo

Angelo Poliziano

A Theatrical Performance

Baldassare Castiglione

Lazarillo de Tormes


The Dignity of Man The Dignity of Man

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Self-Portrait of a Universal Man

Leon Battista Alberti

St. Thomas More

Nicholas Harpsfield

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Ascanio Condivi

On Himself and His Life

Girolamo Cardano

Part Four: The Book of Nature The Arts and Nature The Art of Building

Leon Battista Alberti

Nature, Art, and Science

Leonardo da Vinci

The Casting of the "Perseus"

Benvenuto Cellini

On Landscape Painting

Karel van Mander

The Art of Paracelsus


A Surgeon in the Field

Ambroise Paré

Anatomy and the Art of Medicine

Andreas Vesalius

The Health of the Mind

Girolamo Fracastoro

On Nature and Experience

Bernard Palissy

Revolutions of the Spheres The Diurnal Rotation of the Earth

Nicole Oresme

The Nature of the Universe

Nicholas of Cusa

The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres

Nicholas Copernicus

The New Star

Tycho Brahe

Comrades in the Pursuit of Truth

Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler

The Starry Herald

Galileo Galilei

Part Five: The Kingdom of God The Congregation of the Faithful The Trial of Jerome of Prague

Poggio Bracciolini

The Unity of the Church

Nicholas of Cusa

The Election of a Pope

Pope Pius II

A Preacher of Reform

Girolamo Savonarola

Savonarola, A Portrait

Francesco Guicciardini

The Lutheran Revolt

Alfonso de Valdés

An Anabaptist View of the Church

Peter Rideman

An Appeal to the Council of Trent

Reginald Pole

The True Kirk and Its Signs

John Knox

Freedom of the Will On Free Will

Erasmus of Rotterdam

The Bondage of the Will

Martin Luther

Free Will and Predestination

John Calvin

True Christian Piety The Brethren of the Common Life

Thomas a Kempis

Members of One Body

Erasmus of Rotterdam

The Faith of a Christian

Martin Luther

The Self-Knowledge of a Christian

Juan de Valdés

The Fervent Spirits

Pietro Paolo Vergerio

The Livery of Christ

Hugh Latimer

Good Christian Discipline

John Calvin

The Lord's Labour

St. Teresa of Avila

The Obscure Night of the Soul

St. John of the Cross


Product Details

Ross, James Bruce,
joint ed.:
McLaughlin, Mary Martin,
McLaughlin, Mary M.
Ross, James B.
Ross, J. B.
McLaughlin, Mary Martin
Ross, James Bruce
Penguin Books
New York :
Collections and anthologies
15th and 16th centuries
European literature
Renaissance, 1450-1600
European literature -- Renaissance, 1450-1600.
European literature CONTRIBUTION: McLaughlin, Mary Martin, = joint ed.
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Portable Library
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.82x5.08x1.44 in. 1.12 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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