Synopses & Reviews
Few periods of a hundred years have held the imagination as much as the period 1500-1600. At least four great themes - Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Expansion - vie for dominance. The decisive cultural theme of the fifteenth century - classical revival in Italy - had spread and diversified, the social structures of the Ancien Regime were yet to solidify. This study examines the symptons of expansion - population growth, adventure overseas, new voyages of the imagination - and the areas of conflict - the world and the spirit, the public and private spheres, elite and popular cultures - and argues that spiritual quest and intellectual curiosity had the same cultural roots.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-378) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Shape of the Century: Expansion and Conflict - PART 1 THE WORLD - The Power of Lords - The Symptoms of Expansion - The Shaping of Statehood - Cities and Citizens - PART 2 THE WORD - New Dimensions - The Dissolution of Monasticism - How the Word Spread - How the Image Triumphed - PART 3 THE SWORD - Victims - Habsburg and Valois - Christians and Turks - Protestants and Catholics - CONCLUSION - Fin de siecle - Major European Rulers of the Sixteenth Century - Some Chronological Landmarks - Abbreviations - Notes - Bibliography