The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook, Second Edition / Edition 2

The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Kenneth Bartlett

The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance brings together a selection of primary source documents designed to introduce students to the richness of the period.See more details below


The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance brings together a selection of primary source documents designed to introduce students to the richness of the period.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

How to Read a Historical Document

1.Introduction to the Italian Renaissance

Introduction: The Renaissance

The Classical Heritage

Quintilian: On the Early Education of the Citizen-Orator

Cicero: The Orator; Brutus; On Duties

2. Dante and Medieval Italy


Dante's Contemporaries

Brunetto Latini: Proem to the Tesoretto

Rustico di Filippo: "On the Illness of a Little Girl"; "Portrait of Messerino de'Caponsacchi"

Guido Cavalcanti: "To Dante"

Cino da Pistoia: "To Dante, on the Death of Beatrice"

Dante Alighieri: Inferno, Canto I, Canto V; Paradiso, Canto XV, Canto XVI

3. Petrarch


Letter to Posterity; The Ascent of Mount Ventoux; Letter to the Shade of Cicero; On His Own Ignorance

4. Florence in the Renaissance


Giovanni Villani: Selections from The Chronicle of Giovanni Villani: Villani Writes His Chronicle; The Rebuilding of Florence after 1293; The Black Death; Fire; Famine; Flood; Plague; Flagellants; The City

Giovanni Boccaccio: A Description of the Plague from the Decameron; Selections from The Life of Dante: Proem; Family Cares, Honors, and Exile of Dante; Rebuke of the Florentines

Short Documents Illustrating Guild, Political, and Commercial Activity

Guelfs and Ghibellines, 1347

The Aftermath of the Ciompi Revolt: A Community in Disorder, 1382

The Decline of the Guelf Party, 1413

Guild Corporations: Wine Merchants

Guild Philanthropy

The Catasto of 1427: The Declaration of Lorenzo Ghiberti, Sculptor

Benedetto Dei: Letter to a Venetian

Leonardo Bruni: The Events of 1292-93; Speech of Giano della Bella

5. Humanism


Coluccio Salutati: Letter to Peregrino Zambeccari

Vespasiano da Bisticci: From Vespasiano's Lives; Poggio Bracciolini; Niccolò Niccoli

Lorenzo Valla: The Glory of the Latin Language

Leonardo Bruni: History of Florence: The Struggle against the Visconti, From Book Twelve; The Life of Dante

Isotta Nogarola: Of the Equal or Unequal Sin of Adam and Eve

6. Florentine Neoplatonism and Mysticism


Marsilio Ficino: Commentary on Plato's Symposium on Love; On the Two Origins of Love and the Double Venus; On the Painting of Love; How the Soul Is Raised from the Beauty of the Body to the Beauty of God; How God Is to Be Loved

Selections from His Letters: On Law and Justice; On the Duty of a Citizen; The Astonishing Glories of Lorenzo de'Medici

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Oration on the Dignity of Man

Angelo Poliziano: Selections from Stanzas on the Occasion of the Jousts of Giuliano de'Medici

7. Marriage, the Family, and Women


Francesco Barbaro: Selections from On Wifely Duties: On the Faculty of Obedience; On Love; On Moderation; On the Education of Children

Leon Battista Alberti: The Family in Renaissance Florence

Marriage and the Family in Renaissance Florence

The Marriages of Gregorio Dati

Two Marriages in the Valori Family, 1452 and 1476

Marriage Negotiations: The Del Bene, 1381

Marriage Neotiations: The Strozzi, 1464-65

Illegitimacy and Marriage, 1355

A Broken Marriage, 1377

The Children of Gregorio Dati, 1404

Niccolo Machiavelli: Selections from Mandragola

Baldassare Castiglione: The Book of the Courtier

Laura Cereta: Letter to Augustinius Aemilius: Curse against the Ornamentation of Women

Documents Illustrating the Lives of Poor and Marginal Women in Renaissance Florence

The Establishment of Communal Brothels, 1415

Profits of Prostitution, 1427 and 1433

Prostitutes and the Courts, 1398-1400

The Recruitment of Prostitutes, 1379

A Panderer's Career

The Story of the Servant Girl Nencia

The Tribulations of a Slave Girl

A Witch's Career

8. Art and Architecture


Filippo Brunelleschi

Mariano Taccola: A Speech by Brunelleschi

The Competition for the Baptistry Doors

Lorenzo Ghiberti

Antonio Manetti

Girogio Vasari

Il Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto): Contract of Pinturicchio with Cardinal Francesco de'Todeschini-Piccolomini for Decorating the Library in Siena Cathedral, 29 June 1502

Isabella d'Este

Pietro Vanucci Perugino: Instructions of Isabella d'Este to Perugino, 19 January 1503; Letter of Perugino to Isabella d'Este, 10 December 1503; Letter of Isabella d'Este to Perugino, 12 January 1504; Letter of Perugino to Isabella d'Este, 24 January 1504

Leon Battista Alberti: On Painting and on Sculpture; On Architecture

Leonardo da Vinci: Selections from the Notebooks

9. Learning and Education


Pietro Paolo Vergerio: Concerning Liberal Studies

Leonardo Bruni: A Letter to Battista Malatesta on the Study of Literature

Battista Guarino: On the Means of Teaching and Learning

Coluccio Salutati: Letter to Caterina di Messer Vieri di Donatino d'Arezzo

Laura Cereta: Letter to Bibulus Sempronius: A Defense of the Liberal Instruction of Women; Letter to Lucilia Vernacular: Against Women Who Disparage Learned Women

10. The Church and the Papacy


Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Pius II): The Election of Pope Pius II

Lorenzo Valla: The Principal Arguments from the Falsely-Believed and Forged Donation of Constantine

Roderigo Borgia (Alexander VI): Selections from Pope Alexander VI and His Court; The Accession of Alexander VI; The Year of the Jubilee; The Death and Funeral of Alexander

Girolamo Savonarola: "O Soul, By Sin Made Blind"; A Preacher of Reform ; Selections from a Draft Constitution for Florence

Francesco Guicciardini: Savonarola, a Portrait

Antonio Alamanni: Carnival Song: "The Triumph of Death"

Gregorio Dati: Individual Piety: Selections from the Ricordanze

Michelangelo Buonarroti: "Love's Justification"; "To Vittoria Colonna: The Model and the Statue"

11. Life in Renaissance Italy


The Elite

Pietro Aretino: Letter to Messer Giannantonio Da Foligno; Letter to Messer Domenico Bollani; Letter to Messer Simone Bianco

Michelangelo Buonarroti: Letter to Tommaso Cavalieri
Niccolo Machiavelli: Letter to Francesco Vettori (1513); Letter to Francesco Vettori (1514)

Lorenzo de'Medici: "Song for Dance"; "Song of Girls and of Cicadas"

Francesco Guicciardini: A Portrait of Lorenzo de'Medici

Johannes Burchardus: Life in Papal Rome During the Reign of Alexander VI

Giovanni Boccaccio: The Tale of Andreuccio

The Poor

Pensions for Retired Employees, 1395

Plague, Famine, and Civil Disorder

Appeal for Tax Relief, 1369

Justice for the Poor, 1367

The Condemnation of a Labor Organizer, 1345

The Demands of the Ciompi, 1378


Alessandro Benedetti: Diary of the Caroline War

Francesco Guicciardini: The Formidable French Artillery and Troops Compared with the Italian Forces; Character of Prospero Colonna; Changes in the Nature of Warfare

12. The Late Italian Renaissance


Francesco Guicciardini: Selections from Maxims and Reflections

Giovanni Della Casa: Selections from Galateo

Giorgio Vasari: Selections from The Lives of the Artists: The Life of Raphael of Urbino, Painter and Architect, 1483-1520; The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine Painter, Sculptor, and Architect, 1475-1564

Benvenuto Cellini: Selections from The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Girolamo Cardano: On Himself and His Life

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