The Renaissance (Universal History)

The Renaissance (Universal History)

by PaulJohnson (Author)


The development of the first universities from the 12th century onwards, growing wealth and patronage in certain cities, and above all the invention of printing and cheap paper, provided essential conditions for the Renaissance. And it was in literature and scholarship that it began, in the rebirth of classical culture that loosened the Church's iron grip on visual art. Paul Johnson tells the story, in turn, of Renaissance literature, sculpture, building and painting. Despite the critical importance of inventions outside Italy - printing in Germany and oil painting in Holland - he locates the Renaissance firmly in Italy and in Florence above all, between 1400 and 1560. There are memorable sketches of the key figures - the frugal and shockingly original Donatello, the awesome Michelangelo, the delicacy of Giovanni Bellini. The final part of the book charts the spread and decline of the Renaissance, as the Catholic Church repositioned itself to counter the Reformation which the Renaissance had itself helped to produce.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Phoenix
Published: 20 Jun 2002

ISBN 10: 1842125826
ISBN 13: 9781842125823
Book Overview: Part of the Universal History Series - now launched in a brand new livery To be included in the Phoenix Press Universal History Series Promotion Paul Johnson is one of Britain's leading historians and a well-known and provocative journalist. As well as his weekly column for THE SPECTATOR, Paul Johnson is also a frequent contributor to the DAILY TELEGRAPH and the DAILY MAIL and newspapers around the world. Superb value 'His method is sound, viewing history through the achievements of the various personalities that shaped it' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Author Bio
Paul Johnson was born in 1928 and educated at Stonyhurst and Oxford. He was editor of the NEW STATESMAN and is currently a columnist for the DAILY MAIL and THE SPECTATOR.