Post-classical history

The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento

The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento

This book offers a rich and exciting new way of thinking about the Italian Renaissance as both a historical period and a historical movement. Guido Ruggiero's work is based on archival research and new insights of social and cultural history and literary criticism, with a special emphasis on everyday culture, gender, violence, and sexuality. The book offers a vibrant and relevant critical study of a period too long burdened by anachronistic and outdated ways of thinking about the past. Familiar, yet alien; pre-modern, but suggestively post-modern; attractive and troubling, this book returns the Italian Renaissance to center stage in our past and in our historical analysis.


Introduction: The End of the World and Its Rebirth (Rinascita) as the Rinascimento

Chapter 1. Legitimacy: A Crisis and a Promise (c. 1250–c. 1340)

Chapter 2. Civiltà: Living and Thinking the City (c. 1300–c. 1375)

Chapter 3. Plague: Death, Disaster, and the Rinascita of Civiltà (c. 1325–c. 1425)

Chapter 4. Violence: Social Conflict and the Italian Hundred Years’ War (c. 1350–1454)

Chapter 5. Imagination: The Shared Primary Culture of the Early Rinascimento (c. 1350–c. 1475)

Chapter 6. Courts: Princes, Aristocrats, and Quiet Glory (c. 1425–c. 1500)

Chapter 7. Self: The Individual as a Work of Art (c. 1425–c. 1525)

Chapter 8. Discovery: Finding the Old in the New (c. 1450–c. 1560)

Chapter 9. Re-Dreams: Virtù, Saving the Rinascimento, and the Satyr in the Garden (c. 1500–c. 1560)

Chapter 10. Reform: Spiritual Enthusiasms, Discipline, and a Church Militant (c. 1500–c. 1575)

Chapter 11. Retreat: The Great Social Divide and the End of the Rinascimento (c. 1525–c. 1575)

Epilogue: The Diaspora of the Rinascimento

Bibliography: A Short List of Works Used

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