The Humanistic Tradition, Book 3: The European Renaissance, by Gloria K. Fiero

By Gloria K. Fiero

The explosion of creativity that marked the eu Renaissance provoked an unparalleled age of exploration and of cross-cultural come upon. From the depths of the Black Plague to the heights of Shakespeare's sonnets, publication 3 of The Humanistic culture presents a thrilling portrait of this era. In a compelling counterpoint to her description of the Renaissance, Fiero devotes a bit to the cultures that got here into expanding touch with the burgeoning West - the kingdoms of West Africa and the societies of North, crucial, and South the US.

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The two are shown against an expansive landscape designating the lands they ruled in central Italy. 04/12/2009 6:06 AM 27 Cyan Magenta Yellow Black To those of noble and liberal spirit, no occupations seem less brilliant than those whose purpose is to make money. If you think a moment and try to remember which are the occupations for making money, you will see that they consist of buying and selling, lending and collecting. I believe that these occupations whose purpose is gain may seem vile and worthless to you, for you are of noble and lofty spirit.

13 JEAN, POL, AND HERMAN LIMBOURG, February, plate 3 from the Très Riches Heures (Very Precious Hours) du Duc de Berry, ca. 1413–1416. Illumination, 83⁄4 ϫ 55⁄16 in. 14 AMBROGIO LORENZETTI, Madonna del Latte (Nursing Madonna), ca. 1340. Fresco. Outside France, polyphonic music flourished. The blind Italian composer Francesco Landini (ca. 1325–1397) produced graceful instrumental compositions and eloquent two- and three-part songs. Landini’s 150 works constitute more than one-third of the surviving music of the fourteenth century—evidence of his enormous popularity.

Granted that acquiring wealth is not a glorious enterprise to be likened to the most noble professions. We must not, however, scorn a man who is not naturally endowed for noble deeds if he turns to these other occupations in which he knows he is not inept and which, everyone admits, are of great use to the family and to the state. Riches are useful for gaining friends and praise, for with them we can help those in need. With wealth we can gain fame and prestige if we use it munificently for great and noble projects.

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