The Renaissance, Elizabethan Era

Birth of Venus

The Renaissance was a period of rebirth after the grueling years of the Dark Ages, or Medieval period. It had its beginnings in Italy—Florence in patricular, then spread across Europe. Some historians believe that the devastation caused by the Black Death (Plague) from 1348 to 1350, in which Florence suffered badly, made way for a new worldview. According to Wikipedia, it may have shifted the mindset of great thinkers from the spiritual/afterlife to their present life on earth. Generally, the period from the 14th- to the 17th-centuries is considered the Renaissance Era.

The Renaissance was a cultural movement, especially known for its art and artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, and Titian. Lorenzo dé Medici was the ruler in Florence at the time and a great patron of the arts.But developments in politics and science were important aspects also.

In England, this era was known as the Elizabethan era, after the great Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Renowned playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe lived during this period, as well as well-known writers, including Francis Bacon, Sir Thomas More, and John Milton.

For further reading on this complex period in European history, please see the article at Wikipedia.

Château de Chambord

Queen Elizabeth I

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Mona Lisa


Fiction by Renaissance Authors

The New Atlantis and The City of the Sun

Plays by Elizabethan Playwrights

Dr. Faustus
The Jew of Malta

St. Jerome in his Study

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Mythological Scene

Renaissance Art and Costume

Books with CD-ROM

120 Great Paintings of Nudes
120 Italian Renaissance Paintings
Leonardo da Vinci Treasury
Racinet's Historic Ornament

Art Books

Medieval and Renaissance Fashion: 90 Full-Color Plates
Renaissance & Medieval Costume

Racinet's Historic Ornament #711

Racinet's Historic Ornament #713

St. George and the Dragon

Virgin Annunciate

Coloring Books

Standard Coloring Books

Castles of the World
Renaissance Fashions

Stained Glass Coloring Books

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Fiction concerning the Renaissance or Elizabethan Era

The Mystery of the Sea
The Mysteries of Udolpho
The Prince and the Pauper

Doge Andrea Griti

Non-Fiction concerning the Renaissance or Elizabethan Era

Old Ship Figure-Heads and Sterns

The Nymph of the Spring

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