The Renaissance (The Story of Civilization V)

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9780671616007: The Renaissance (The Story of Civilization V)

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An engrossing volume on the Italian Renaissance by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant. This fifth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from 1304 to 1576.

In this masterful work, listeners will encounter:

*the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance;
*the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice;
*the life and accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci;
*the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome;
*the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli;
*the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

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About the Author:

Will Durant (1885-1981) was an award-winning American writer, historian, and philosopher. He and his wife were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1968 for Rousseau and Revolution, and he was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Durant spent over forty years writing the critically acclaimed eleven-volume ''Story of Civilization'', the later volumes with the help of his wife, Ariel. He sought to revitalize history by unifying and humanizing the great body of historical knowledge, which had become voluminous and fragmented into esoteric subcategories. He also strove to bring philosophy to the common man. Durant was a champion of human rights, social reform, and the brotherhood of man long before they became well-known issues.

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''Magnificent and monumental.'' --New York Times, praise for the series

''[Durant's] prose has a bright speed that carries its load of facts like an effortless burden.'' --New York Times

''Maintains former standards of rich readability and clarity.'' --Kirkus Reviews

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