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The Renaissance Complete

Margaret Aston


A lively, comprehensive and up-to-date overview of an enthralling era


No period has been more discussed, dissected and argued over than the Renaissance, and every age has reconstructed it in its own image. Today’s emphasis is on its complexity – the way ideas, politics, religion, society, art and science depended upon and affected one another.

The Renaissance Complete does away with watertight divisions by means of a lucid, innovatory system of cross-references and brings the image to centre stage.

The fascinating range of topics covered includes the revival of classical learning, the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, philosophy and the role of women. The scope is all-embracing: Italy, France, Spain, Britain, Germany and the northern countries; courts and patrons, painters and sculptors, churchmen and traders, men, women and children.

Over 1,000 illustrations are carefully focused on over 100 key topics, subject-matter taking precedence over art history. An impressive information resource provides biographies, timelines, bibliography, a gazetteer of museums and galleries and an illustrated glossary.

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'Wonderful … attractive and eye-catching, and genuinely enjoyable'
The Art Quarterly

'Tremendous … an invaluable guide for anyone interested in one of Europe’s greatest periods'
Contemporary Review

'A masterwork'
New York Times Book Review

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 21.9 cm

Extent: 368 pp

Publication date: 3 August 2009

ISBN: 9780500284599

Contents List

1. Rediscovering Antiquity • 2. Rulers of the World • 3. God and Man 4. The Image of the World • 5. Living and Dying • 6. Science, Invention and Discovery • 7. The Power of Art • 8. Rebuilding Antiquity

About the Author

Margaret Aston (1932-2014) is widely recognized as a leading authority on European history of the 15th and 16th centuries, who wrote extensively on the cultural and religious aspects of the period.

List of Contributors

Margaret Aston