Post-classical history

The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy

The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy

An engrossing volume on the Italian Renaissance by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant. This fifth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from 1304 to 1576.

BOOK I. PRELUDE: 1300–77

Chapter I: THE AGE OF PETRARCH AND BOCCACCIO: 1304–75

I. The Father of the Renaissance

II. Naples and Boccaccio

III. The Poet Laureate

IV. Rienzo’s Revolution

V. The Wandering Scholar

VI. Giotto

VII. The Decameron

VIII. Siena

IX. Milan

X. Venice and Genoa

XI. Twilight of the Trecento

XII. Perspective

Chapter II: THE POPES IN AVIGNON: 1309–77

I. The Babylonian Captivity

II. The Road to Rome

III. The Christian Life

BOOK II: THE FLORENTINE RENAISSANCE: 1378–1534

Chapter III: THE RISE OF THE MEDICI: 1378–1464

I. The Setting

II. The Material Basis

III. Cosimo Pater Patriae

IV. The Humanists

V. Architecture: the Age of Brunellesco

VI. Sculpture

VII. Painting

VIII. A Miscellany

Chapter IV: THE GOLDEN AGE: 1464–92

I. Piero il Gottoso

II. The Development of Lorenzo

III. Lorenzo the Magnificent

IV. Literature: the Age of Politian

V. Architecture and Sculpture: The Age of Verrocchio

VI. Painting

VII. Lorenzo Passes

Chapter V: SAVONAROLA AND THE REPUBLIC: 1492–1534

I. The Prophet

II. The Statesman

III. The Martyr

IV. The Republic and the Medici

V. Art under the Revolution

BOOK III: ITALIAN PAGEANT: 1378–1534

Chapter VI: MILAN

I. Background

II. Piedmont and Liguria

III. Pavia

IV. The Visconti: 1378–1447

V. The Sforzas: 1450–1500

VI. Letters

VII. Arts

Chapter VII: LEONARDO DA VINCI

I. Development: 1452–83

II. In Milan: 1482–99

III. In Florence: 1500–01, 1503–06

IV. In Milan and Rome: 1506–16

V. The Man

VI. The Inventor

VII. The Scientist

VIII. In France: 1516–19

IX. The School of Leonardo

Chapter VIII: TUSCANY AND UMBRIA

I. Piero della Francesca

II. Signorelli

III. Siena and Sodoma

IV. Umbria and the Baglioni

V. Perugino

Chapter IX: MANTUA

I. Vittorino da Feltre

II. Andrea Mantegna

III. The First Lady of the World

Chapter X: FERRARA

I. The House of Este

II. The Arts in Ferrara

III. Letters

IV. Ariosto

V. Aftermath

Chapter XI: VENICE AND HER REALM

I. Padua

II. Venetian Economy

III. Venetian Government

IV. Venetian Life

V. Venetian Art

VI. Venetian Letters

VII. Verona

Chapter XII: EMILIA AND THE MARCHES

I. Correggio

II. Bologna

III. Along the Emilian Way

IV. Urbino and Castiglione

Chapter XIII: THE KINGDOM OF NAPLES

I. Alfonso the Magnanimous

II. Ferrante

BOOK IV: THE ROMAN RENAISSANCE: 1378–1521

Chapter XIV: THE CRISIS IN THE CHURCH: 1378–1447

I. The Papal Schism: 1378–1417

II. The Councils and the Popes

III. The Triumph of the Papacy

Chapter XV: THE RENAISSANCE CAPTURES ROME: 1447–92

I. The Capital of the World

II. Nicholas V: 1447–55

III. Calixtus III: 1455–58

IV. Pius II: 1458–64

V. Paul II: 1464–71

VI. Sixtus IV: 1471–84

VII. Innocent VIII: 1484–92

Chapter XVI: THE BORGIAS

I. Cardinal borgia

II. Alexander VI: 1492–1503

III. The Sinner

IV. Caesar Borgia

V. Lucrezia Borgia

VI. The Collapse of the Borgia Power

Chapter XVII: JULIUS II: 1503–13

I. The Warrior

II. Roman Architecture: 1492–1513

III. The Young Raphael

IV. Michelangelo

Chapter XVIII: LEO X: 1513–21

I. The Boy Cardinal

II. The Happy Pope

III. Scholars

IV. Poets

V. The Recovery of Classic Art

VI. Michelangelo and Leo X: 1513–20

VII. Raphael and Leo X: 1513–20

VIII. Agostino Chigi

IX. Raphael: the Last Phase

X. Leo Politicus

BOOK V: DEBACLE

Chapter XIX: THE INTELLECTUAL REVOLT

I. The Occult

II. Science

III. Medicine

IV. Philosophy

V. Guicciardini

VI. Machiavelli

Chapter XX: THE MORAL RELEASE

I. The Founts and Forms of Immorality

II. The Morals of the Clergy

III. Sexual Morality

IV. Renaissance Man

V. Renaissance Woman

VI. The Home

VII. Public Morality

VIII. Manners and Amusements

IX. Drama

X. Music

XI. Perspective

Chapter XXI: THE POLITICAL COLLAPSE: 1494–1534

I. France Discovers Italy: 1494–95

II. The Attack Renewed: 1496–1505

III. The League of Cambrai: 1508–16

IV. Leo and Europe: 1513–21

V. Adrian VI: 1522–23

VI. Clement VII: the First Phase

VII. The Sack of Rome: 1527

VIII. Charles Triumphant: 1527–30

IX. Clement VII and the Arts

X. Michelangelo and Clement VII: 1520–34

XI. The End of an Age: 1528–34

BOOK VI: FINALE: 1534–76

Chapter XXII: SUNSET IN VENICE

I. Venice Reborn

II. Aretino

III. Titian and the Kings

IV. Tintoretto

V. Veronese

VI. Perspective

Chapter XXIII: THE WANING OF THE RENAISSANCE

I. The Decline of Italy

II. Science and Philosophy

III. Literature

IV. Twilight in Florence

V. Benvenuto Cellini

VI. Lesser Lights

VII. Michelangelo: the Last Phase

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