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The Renaissance Overview - Chapter Summary
In this chapter on the Renaissance, you'll explore how Italy became the birthplace of the Renaissance thanks to its physical location and cultural history. As you work through this chapter, you will see how ruling monarchies gave way to a parliamentary structure of government. Our experienced instructors also show how Renaissance ideas on human nature, governance, science and the arts spread across Europe. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain the reasons Italy was well-suited as the birthplace of the Renaissance
- Define the Renaissance
- Relate how the rise of banking contributed to the rise of the middle class
- Detail the formation of modern nation states
- Discuss key characteristics of the Northern Renaissance
- Understand why the Hundred Years War ended
- Identify the main players in the Wars of the Roses
- Explain key accomplishments of Leonardo da Vinci
- Understand how the Spanish Inquisition began
This chapter is taught using short videos and full transcripts, in addition to online quizzes that you can use to check your progress as you go. If you get any of the questions wrong, the quizzes offer quick links back to the corresponding place in the video. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to our subject matter experts.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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