The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304–1576 AD

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2014
37 hours 15 minutes
An engrossing volume on the Italian Renaissance by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant

The fifth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from 1304 to 1576. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter

the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.
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Moud Barthez

What a spectacular journey through the vast sea of the Italian Renaissance! How endless was the wealth of this Renaissance, which even in its waning produced men like Tintoretto and Veronese, Aretino and Vasari, Paul III and Palestrina, Sansovino and Palladio, Duke Cosimo and Cellini, and such art as the rooms of the Ducal Palace and St. Peter’s dome! we've got to meet Humanists like Francesco Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio, and witness the feverish fiery speeches and the Revolution of Cola di Rienzo, and the Babylonian captivity of the papacy also known as The Popes in Avignon, Popes of Rome without Rome. then the Rise of the Medici, the life of Cosimo de medici till The Golden Age of Lorenzo de' Medici the Magnificent, After whom Florence declined, and Italy knew no peace. Afterward we will go through the destruction of secular art and culture, upon the ascending of Girolamo Savonarola to the throne of Florence, and the Birth of the Republic. the Book will dive deep in the life of the Italian City states, Milan, Piemonte, Liguria, Pavia, Genoa, Tuscany and Umbria.

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