The English Renaissance

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The English Renaissance

One of the many reasons I like this period in history is because towards the end of the Middle Ages, various changes had occurred in society throughout Europe, which had led to the development of arts. The beginning of the English Renaissance is often taken, as a convenience, as 1485, when the Battle of Bosworth Field ended the Wars of the Roses and inaugurated the Tudor Dynasty. But Renaissance style and ideas were slow in penetrating England, and the Elizabethan period in the second half of the 16th century is usually regarded as the height of the English Renaissance, which lasted until the mid 17th century, as Baroque style was also slow in reaching England. The first thing that I find very compelling is the English Literature which tended to focus on individuality by emphasising the beauty and the complexity of the human being. The major literary figures in the English Renaissance include Francis Bacon, Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, Sir Thomas More and so on. The English theatre scene, which performed both for the court and nobility in private performances, and a very wide public in the theatres, was the most crowded in Europe, with a host of other playwrights as well as the giant figures of Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. Elizabeth herself was a product of Renaissance humanism trained by Roger Ascham, and wrote occasional poems such as On Monsieur’s Departure at critical moments of her life The second thing that inspired me even in my personal life are the Visual Arts and Architecture which I, myself find them unique and overwhelming. The only thought of the English art which was to be dominated by portraiture, and then later landscape art, for centuries to come, makes me wanted to be born on that period. The significant English invention was the portrait miniature, which essentially took the techniques of the...
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