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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How was Italy transformed during the Renaissance?
- What was unique to Renaissance art and artists?
- How did relations between aristocrats and monarchs lead to the birth of Parliament?
- Who and what caused the War of the Roses in England?
- What role did Leonardo Da Vinci play in the Renaissance?
- How did the printing press revolutionize Western civilization and the world?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and Hus
This lesson will focus on the Renaissance teachings of John Wycliffe and Jan Hus. It will highlight their challenges to church authority, membership and traditions.
10. 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.
11. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. King Henry IV of France: Biography & History
Learn about Henry IV of France, the first of the Bourbon kings, and the man who brought religious tolerance to France. Then take the quiz and see what you've learned.
20. Calling of Saint Matthew by Caravaggio: Analysis
This text lesson analyzes the composition and meaning of Caravaggio's first large-scale oil painting, The Calling of Saint Matthew (1599-1600), located in the San Luigi dei Francesi church in Rome.
21. Allegory of the Outbreak of War by Peter Paul Rubens
In this lesson, we'll look at the Allegory of the Outbreak of War, painted by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. In this example of Baroque style, he used figures from Classical mythology to illustrate the impact on Europe of the Thirty Year's War.
22. Altdorfer's The Battle of Alexander at Issus: Subject & Style
You might have seen 'The Battle of Alexander at Issus' before, but can you say what it really depicts? Learn more about Altdorfer's artistic agenda as we investigate his style and subject in what most consider his crowning masterpiece!
23. Lucas Cranach the Elder: Biography & Paintings
Lucas Cranach the Elder was one of the foremost painters of his day. In this lesson we will learn about his life, his relationship to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, and the significance of some of his major paintings.
24. Nicholaus Copernicus: Accomplishments, Facts & Theory
Explore the life and accomplishments of Renaissance astronomer Nicholaus Copernicus, and test your understanding of Copernicus' works and influence on modern astronomy.
25. Edmund Spenser: Biography & Sonnets
Edmund Spenser was one of the great poets of the English Renaissance. He is most known for his fantasy poem 'The Faerie Queen,' an allegory of Queen Elizabeth's reign. He is also known for his cycle of love sonnets, including 'Epithalamion,' a long traditional poem he wrote in celebration of his marriage.
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