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New Medieval Books: The Other Renaissance

The Other Renaissance: From Copernicus to Shakespeare: How the Renaissance in Northern Europe Transformed the World

By Paul Strathern

Pegasus Books
ISBN: 978-1-63936-393-3

A look at the Northern Renaissance period, roughly the mid-15th century to the 17th century, focusing on some of the most important artists, political figures and scientists of the era. Many of the chapters focus on a particular individual, including Erasmus, Albrecht Durer and Catharine de’ Medici.


Our modern world owes at least as much to the Other Renaissance as it does to our traditional conception of the Renaissance which originated in Italy. Indeed, arguably, three of the most significant events of the entire Renaissance era would take place north of the Alps. These were the invention of a moveable type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, the instigation of Protestantism by Martin Luther, and the proposal by Nicolaus Copernicus that the earth was part of a solar system. Printing would result in the widespread dissemination of learning, encouraging original interpretations of what had previously been regarded as authoritative texts. Protestantism would shatter the hegemony of the Roman Catholic Church, splitting Europe. And Copernicus would dislodge humanity from its central place in the universe, an event which would provoke a subtle but profound psychological effect on the human psyche.


Who is this book for?

A work that straddles that Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, The Other Renaissance aims to give readers introductions to many important figures and their importance to the modern world. Medievalists will likely appreciate learning more about people that existed just past their period and seeing how northern Europe developed in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The author:

Paul Strathern is a well-known popular historian who has penned dozens of books. He often deals with the Italian Renaissance era. Click here to see his Wikipedia page.


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