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Renaissance Revisited

This page is brought to you by: Kelly Rice, Kelly Fischer, Nick Johnson, Andy Bax, and Dan Schnurr.

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The Renaissance in a Nutshell

Renaissance means "rebirth." It was a period of time beginning in the middle of the fourteenth century that centered around a renewal of interest in ancient Greece and Rome. Italy was the first stage for the Renaissance because its wealthy merchants and bankers encouraged the arts and the humanities. This period broke away from the Middle Ages. The wealthy people supported the arts, which brought about a time of great creativity in painting, sculpting, and writing. Many scholars studied history and politics during the Renaissance. The Renaissance did spread from Italy and flourished in other parts of Europe. During the Renaissance there were many church reforms. People who protested the Church's teachings were called Protestants. These differences led to a split from the Catholic Church.

Michelangelo (1475-1564) brought to you by Kelly Rice
Machiavelli (1469-1527) brought to you by Kelly Fischer
Thomas More (1478-1535) brought to you by Nick Johnson
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) brought to you by Andy Bax
Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) brought to you by Dan Schnurr