Robert C. Davis and Beth Lindsmith
The Renaissance, an unparalleled period of great creativity and productivity in the arts and sciences, is illuminated in this book through the lives of more than ninety of its illustrious intellectuals, artists, literary figures, scientists, and rulers. Included are such major figures as Lorenzo and Catherine de' Medici, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles V, Martin Luther, Christopher Columbus, Nicolaus Copernicus, and St. Teresa of Ávila, as well as lesser-known characters such as Antonio Rinaldeschi, "gambler and blasphemer"; Louise Labé, "the jousting poetess"; Dick Tarlton, "the queen's comedian"; Veronica Franco, "courtesan and wordsmith"; and Catena, "rustler, robber, and bandit chief."
Each section in this volume marks a chronological stage in Europe's rebirth, tying the period's intellectual currents to its political and social concerns and setting the context for the individual biographies.
Robert C. Davis is professor of Italian Renaissance and Early Modern Mediterranean history at Ohio State University and author of Holy War and Human Bondage: Tales of Christian-Muslim Slavery in the Early-Modern Mediterranean (Praeger, 2009) and Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City (University of California Press, 2004). Beth Lindsmith is a teacher in the Department of English at Ohio State University and a freelance journalist.
“The authors are to be commended for what they have . . . accomplished in this valuable collection. It is richly illustrated and will amply serve both students and scholars alike.”
—Sixteenth Century Journal
7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
180 color and 20 b/w illustrations
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum