In this podcast Dr Gabriele Neher of the University of Nottingham provides an introduction to the Renaissance.
1. What was the Renaissance?
2. Classical texts and books. The emergence of private collectors.
3. The Black Death stimulates a thirst for knowledge.
4. What drives the development of the Italian city-states?
5. Political and financial differences between the Italian peninsula and the European powers.
6. What are the key Italian city states?
7. How did competition drive development?
8. Why does the renaissance begin in Florence?
9. Giorgio Vasari and the Medici's
10. Vasari's 'Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects'
11. The skill of the patron to find and mould the artist.
12. What was the reach of the Italian city-states around the world?
13. Marco Polo.
14. Conflict between the city states and consolidation. Standing armies.
15. Venetian intelligence networks around the world.
16. Books before the printing press
17. The value of books before the press
18. The Printing Press Revolution
19. How does the printing press transform the renaissance?
20. Changing relationship with knowledge: people start challenging the classical texts and thinkers.
21. A new sense of identity and national identity.