Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age

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A lavishly illustrated companion to the five-part PBS series describes, in detail, the lives of fifteen men and women of the Renaissance--including Catherine de'Medici, Titian, Galileo, Montaigne, and Gentileschi--to present a history of the era. 17,500 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo. TV tie-in.

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Theodore K. Rabb is a professor of Renaissance and early modern history at Princeton University. He has written or edited over twenty books, including Jacobean Gentleman and The Struggle for Stability in Early Modern Europe. He is currently writing The Death of the Renaissance, to be published by Basic Books.

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YA-A companion to the television series, this book's immediacy and readability make these stories of Renaissance men and women accessible to modern readers. Each of the 15 lives examined here exemplifies the enormous diversity of that era. The book focuses on representatives of social types to show the age in a microcosm, and yet each of the individuals profiled is larger than life. They include not only the expected "Renaissance Man" Sir Walter Raleigh, but also less well-known individuals such as Ralph Josselin, a Protestant minister whose diaries give a detailed account of life as a country vicar. Gluckel of Hamlin typifies the limited role allowed to women and to Jews at the time; Artemisia Gentileschi exemplifies the courage and determination required of female artists; and Catherine de'Medici represents the rulers whose patronage of the arts is most often associated with this great age. The text is accompanied by black-and-white and full-color plates that depict the works of the great masters of the times, portraits of the subjects, and examples of the subjects' work. Educators who wish to show how economics, science, art, philosophy, and religion are interrelated will find this volume especially insightful.
Jackie Gropman, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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