Renaissance Comparison Essay

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Renaissance Comparison Essay
Megan Pepper
Axia College of University of Phoenix

Renaissance Comparison Essay
The Late Middle Ages were known as a time of decline, but the Renaissance led an outburst of cultural and intellectual creativity. During the fourteenth century in the cities of Northern Italy, many scholars and social elite became more interested in literature and ideas of ancient Greece and Rome. As the interest in Classical civilization grew people began to dismiss many of the ideas and practices of medieval civilization. People of the Renaissance stayed deeply religious, but concerned themselves more with the physical world than medieval people did. The Italian Renaissance was the focus of humanism. All of this was reflected in the literature, art, and societies of northern Italian cities. The Italian Renaissance lasted from the fourteenth century through the beginning of the sixteenth century. While the Italian Renaissance not widely spread, the North European Renaissance was greatly influenced by the Italian Renaissance.

The Italian Renaissance and North European Renaissance had many similarities socially and culturally. While the North European Renaissance did not start until the fifteenth century, it was heavy influenced by the Italian Renaissance. Many North Europeans would travel south and bring back the ideas and styles they were exposed to in northern Italy. Monarchs and other important groups in the North found humanistic culture appealing, just as the people of the Italian Renaissance did. Both the Italian and Northern European Renaissance were based on humanism. The people of the North European Renaissance were looking for reform and saw what the Italian Renaissance did for Italy. The Italian Renaissance was a model for the North European Renaissance reforming the literature, education, and the whole idea of the educated man. (Western Civilization Interpreting the Past, 2009) The humanism that grew in the North was not identical to...
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