The Renaissance Complete


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Margaret Aston


No period has been more discussed, dissected and argued over than the Renaissance, and every age has reconstructed it in its own image. Today’s emphasis is on its complexity – the way ideas, politics, religion, society, art and science depended upon and affected one another.

The Renaissance Complete does away with watertight divisions by means of a lucid, innovatory system of cross-references and brings the image to centre stage.

The fascinating range of topics covered includes the revival of classical learning, the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, philosophy and the role of women. The scope is all-embracing: Italy, France, Spain, Britain, Germany and the northern countries; courts and patrons, painters and sculptors, churchmen and traders, men, women and children.

Over 1,000 illustrations are carefully focused on over 100 key topics, subject-matter taking precedence over art history. An impressive information resource provides biographies, timelines, bibliography, a gazetteer of museums and galleries and an illustrated glossary.

Additional information

Weight 1756 g
Dimensions 22.1 x 28.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 15 July 2009
Number of pages 368
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Margaret Aston
Dimensions 22.1 x 28.2 cm
Weight 1756 g


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Margaret Aston (1932-2014) is widely recognized as a leading authority on European history of the 15th and 16th centuries, who wrote extensively on the cultural and religious aspects of the period.