The Renaissance of Empire in Early Modern Europe (Paperback)
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The Renaissance of Empire in Early Modern Europe (Paperback)

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Paperback 311 Pages / Published: 14/04/2014
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This book brings together a bold revision of the traditional view of the Renaissance with a new comparative synthesis of global empires in early modern Europe. It examines the rise of a virulent form of Renaissance scholarship, art, and architecture that had as its aim the revival of the cultural and political grandeur of the Roman Empire in Western Europe. Imperial humanism, a distinct form of humanism, emerged in the earliest stages of the Italian Renaissance as figures such as Petrarch, Guarino, and Biondo sought to revive and advance the example of the Caesars and their empire. Originating in the courts of Ferrara, Mantua, and Rome, this movement also revived ancient imperial iconography in painting and sculpture, as well as Vitruvian architecture. While the Italian princes never realized their dream of political power equal to the ancient emperors, the Imperial Renaissance they set in motion reached its full realization in the global empires of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain, France, and Great Britain.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521747325
Number of pages: 311
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 228 x 151 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The author draws on a wide range of both visual and written sources to create an accessible, compelling synthesis of political culture across early modern Europe. The chapters on the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and France are the book's strongest, while the inclusion throughout the book of overseas empires and architecture into a European political narrative is particularly noteworthy. Summing up: recommended.' B. J. Maxson, Choice
'Ultimately, the book should be obligatory reading for anyone interested in imperial history, early modern art and architectural history, and the history of the Renaissance.' The American Historical Review
'He offers valuable insights into how Renaissance writers, ranging from Petrarch to Thomas Hobbes, confronted the legacy of the Roman Empire and turned ancient history into a usable past.' Michael J. Levin, The Journal of Modern History
"The author draws on a wide range of both visual and written sources to create an accessible, compelling synthesis of political culture across early modern Europe. The chapters on the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and France are the book's strongest, while the inclusion throughout the book of overseas empires and architecture into a European political narrative is particularly noteworthy. Summing up: recommended." B. J. Maxson, Choice
"Ultimately, the book should be obligatory reading for anyone interested in imperial history, early modern art and architectural history, and the history of the Renaissance." The American Historical Review
'He offers valuable insights into how Renaissance writers, ranging from Petrarch to Thomas Hobbes, confronted the legacy of the Roman Empire and turned ancient history into a usable past.' Michael J. Levin, The Journal of Modern History

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