The Renaissance was one of the greatest moments in Western cultural history. It was the time of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; architects such as Brunelleschi and Palladio; composers such as Palestrina and Tallis; as well as innovative writers and philosophers. It was a time of great social change and remarkable flowering in science, exploration and politics; the age when medieval Christendom was split apart by the Reformation. The printing press played a key role, as did the development of the New World and the mapping of newly discovered lands. The Copernican view began to take hold, suggesting a new place in the universe for Earth itself. In this fascinating introduction, Peter Whitfield looks at this time of change as, from its epicentre in Italy, it spread to all parts of Europe.
About the Author
Peter Whitfield is the author of more than a dozen works of history and literary criticism, including English Poetry: a New Illustrated History and A Universe of Books: Readings in World Literature. For Naxos Audiobooks he has written The Story of the Bible and The History of Science. He has also published three collections of his own poetry.