Italy in the Age of the Renaissance
By Denys Hay & John Law
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A stimulating and authoritative survey which examines the main aspects of the history of the Italian peninsula from the 1380s to the 1530s. The analysis takes place within a broad account of the social, religious, political and administrative development of the peninsula at a time when any notion of `Italianness' was far from evident to the majority of Italians. Culturally this was a period of incomparable richness, and the authors give this most familiar aspect of the period its due. However, they argue that `Renaissance Italy' was more influenced by its medieval past and Northern Europe than is often recognized.
List of genealogical tables and maps.
Abbreviations used in the text.
PART ONE INTRODUCTION.
2: The structure of Italy: the Italian view and the outsider's picture.
PART TWO SOCIETY, THE STATE AND THE CHURCH.
3: Urban society.
4: The contado.
5: The state: authority, famine and war.
6: The state: finance and administration.
7: The Church and religious life.
PART THREE POLITICAL HISTORIES.
8: Italy and Europe.
9: The south and the islands.
10: The papal states.
11: The northern states.
PART FOUR LEARNING, THE ARTS AND MUSIC.
12: The old learning and the new.
13: The patronage of the arts and music.
Appendix: the papal succession 1370-1534.
" Broad account of the social, religious, political and administrative development of the peninsula which emphasizes the importance of regional identities.
" Redresses the overemphasis on Florence and Venice.
"For the reader who wants to find his way into any aspect of Renaissance Italy ...this is an invaluable handbook"
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