The Renaissance burst forth in all its glory around 1500 and spread throughout Europe.Â This period of great creativity and productivity in the arts and sciences is illuminated in this book through the lives of more than ninety of its illustrious intellectuals, artists, literary figures, scientists, and rulers. Included are such major figures as Lorenzo and Catherine deâ Medici, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles V, Luther, Columbus, Copernicus, and St. Teresa of Ãvila, as well as lesser-known characters such as Antonio Rinaldeschi, âgambler and blasphemerâ; Louise LabÃ©, âthe jousting poetessâ; Dick Tarlton, âthe queenâs comedianâ; Veronica Franco, âcourtesan and wordsmithâ; and Catena, ârustler, robber, and bandit chief.âÂ
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