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Ch 11: The Renaissance

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Watch video lessons and study the Renaissance in Europe. Learn more about the transformations that occurred, including the impacts on religion, art and politics. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of the Renaissance.

The Renaissance - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter is full of exciting events that took place during the Renaissance. Lessons cover how life changed and how the world grew during this period with discussions of main events, such as the birth of Parliament and the formation of modern nation states. You'll also get a brief biography of Leonardo da Vinci and explore the reasoning behind the Spanish Inquisition. If you complete this chapter, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Discuss Italy's transformation during the Renaissance.
  • Identify prominent Renaissance painters, sculptors and architects.
  • Discuss the rise of banking during the Renaissance.
  • Identify key figures in England's Wars of the Roses.
  • Detail how the printing press changed the world.

VideoObjective
The Renaissance Timeline: Events OverviewGet an overview of overlapping events covered in the Renaissance and the Reformation.
The Italian Renaissance and Italy's TransformationLearn about Italy as a set of competing kingdoms and explore its transformation during the Renaissance.
Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the IndividualDefine the philosophy of humanism and describe its influence on art, education, politics and science.
Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & ArchitectureTrace the transformation of art from the medieval era using slides of paintings, sculptures and architecture that illustrate the primary traits of the new artistic period.
The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family Explore the social and political impact of the House of Medici from the papacy and banking to intermarriage and the monarchies of Europe.
The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the AristocracyLearn how monarchs made a deal with the aristocracy.
The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of BankingLearn about the Renaissance economy and the rise of banking, including the rise of the middle class.
The Formation of Modern Nation StatesExplore the formation of modern nation states, including the decline of feudalism and the decline in church power.
The Northern RenaissanceExplore how the Renaissance played out across the north.
France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years WarExamine changes to France's military tactics, feudalism and monarchies at the end of the 100 Years War.
England's Wars of the RosesLearn about the Wars of the Roses and the importance of the divine right of kings.
England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the RosesExamine the contributions of the five Tudor monarchs.
Leonardo da Vinci: BiographyExplore da Vinci's career and view slides of his most famous works.
Reconquista and Spanish InquisitionExamine the reasons for the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition.
How the Compass Helped ColumbusLearn how this technology made new discoveries possible.
How the Printing Press Changed the WorldExplore how this new communication technology changed the world.

16 Lessons in Chapter 11: The Renaissance
The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

2. The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

This lesson will discuss the three main reasons why Italy transformed from a group of competing city-states to the home of the birth of the Renaissance.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

3. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

In this lesson, we will be discussing how humanism changed the idea of the individual from something sinful and controlled by the Church into something of great beauty and worth.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

4. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

5. The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

This lesson will focus on the Medici family of Florence, Italy. It will explain their rise to power through banking. It will also highlight their influence on the Renaissance era and how they gained influence without violence.

The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

6. The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

This lesson will focus on the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance, highlighting the interactions of these monarchies with the church and the aristocracy.

The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking

7. The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking

In this lesson, we will discuss the rise of banking and the Renaissance economy. We will highlight the Medici family and the rise of the middle class.

The Formation of Modern Nation States

8. The Formation of Modern Nation States

This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.

The Northern Renaissance

9. The Northern Renaissance

This lesson will focus on the Northern Renaissance. It will contrast the Renaissance of the North with the Italian Renaissance, exploring these differences in the areas of art, politics, and religion.

France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

10. France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

This lesson focuses on France at the end of The Hundred Years War. It will examine the changes to France in the areas of military tactics, feudalism, and its monarchies. It will also highlight the French monarchs of the time period.

England's Wars of the Roses

11. England's Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.

England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

12. England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on the Tudor Dynasty, which came to power after England's Wars of the Roses. It will focus on the contributions of the five Tudor monarchs in the areas of government, religion, economic and the arts.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

13. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.

Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

14. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella and the tortures they allowed.

How the Compass Helped Columbus

15. How the Compass Helped Columbus

This lesson will explore the use of the compass during Columbus' voyages to the New World. It will highlight the navigational techniques of dead reckoning and celestial navigation. It will also review the voyages of Columbus.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

16. How the Printing Press Changed the World

When you think of inventions that changed the world, you may think of farming tools or the wheel, or even the Internet. However, few can truly compare to the humble printing press.

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