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Renaissance and Reformation, 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary
     

Renaissance and Reformation, 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary

by Jo Carney, Jo Eldridge Carney (Other)
 

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Covering the period comprising the Renaissance and Reformation, this volume introduces a unique set of interdisciplinary biographical dictionaries providing basic information on the people who have contributed significantly to the culture of Western civilization. Unlike general dictionaries which focus on political and military figures, this book covers such

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Covering the period comprising the Renaissance and Reformation, this volume introduces a unique set of interdisciplinary biographical dictionaries providing basic information on the people who have contributed significantly to the culture of Western civilization. Unlike general dictionaries which focus on political and military figures, this book covers such figures as the religious leaders who contributed to the Reformation, scientists who paved the way for a new view of the universe, and Renaissance painters, sculptors, and architects, as well as writers, musicians, and scholars. While the great personalities are included—Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Galileo—the volume covers lesser known figures as well—the Muslim scholar Leo Africanus, the Flemish geographer-astronomer Gemma Frisius, the English travel writer Thomas Coryate. Although many of the subjects also had political influence, the entries are written to highlight their individual cultural achievement.

An exciting, tumultuous, and chaotic age, the years from 1500 to 1620 saw increasing discontent with Catholicism and the beginning of Protestantism with Luther's 95 theses, great strides in the development of the printing press and a resulting increase in literacy, the humanist movement with its emphasis on the arts of antiquity, a proliferation of literature and art inspired by but moving beyond classical forms, and conflict between the triumph of Renaissance culture and the theologians of the Protestant Reformation. The resulting cultural production was astounding. This volume covers those who contributed to the fields of art and architecture, music, philosophy, religion, political and social thought, science, mathematics, literature, history, and education. With over 350 entries written by 72 scholars, the book provides a good basic resource on an exciting age.

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About 350 entries by 72 scholars cover such figures as the religious leaders who contributed to the Reformation, scientists, painters, sculptors, and architects, as well as writers and musicians. While the great personalities, such as Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Luther, Erasmus and Galileo are included, the volume covers lesser-known figures as well, such as the Muslim scholar Leo Africanus, the Flemish geographer and astronomer Gemma Frisius, and the English travel writer Thomas Coryate. Emphasis is placed upon their cultural, rather than political, achievements. Suggestions for further reading accompany each entry. Two appendices list the profiled figures by discipline and by country. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313305740
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2000
Series:
The Great Cultural Eras of the Western World
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

JO ELDRIDGE CARNEY is Associate Professor of English at the College of New Jersey and the author of several articles./e

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