This is a rich portrait of Europe and its civilization in the 16th century - the moment when "Europe" first became an entity in the minds of its own inhabitants. It does not simply survey "high" culture, but paints a gigantic portrait of the age, enlivened by a mass of detail about the lives of often obscure figures who Hale brings to life to give point to his multiplicity of arguments. What precisely is meant by "civilization"? How usefully descriptive of the period as a whole is "Renaissance"? What, indeed, did "Italy" (for example) mean to contemporaries? These are some of the questions which Hale addresses in this challenging book.
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648 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout, the only exception are a couple light marks on bottom edge of a few pages. This Book Is Concerned With The Period Of European History From Around 1450 To About 1620.Review:
‘This magnificent book is the product of a lifetime’s scholarship by someone with a quite irrepressible curiosity and prodigious breadth of reading…together with the enviable gift of writing clearly and beautifully.’ TLS
‘This study deserves to stand alongside Braudel’s classic account of the Mediterranean in the time of Philip II. Hale is as generous as he is knowledgeable; his life’s work has culminated in a meticulous masterpiece.’ Frederic Raphael, Sunday Times
‘John Hale has produced a vast and enthralling mosaic. Only someone who had devoted a lifetime to studying history, literature and the art of the 15th- and 16th-century could draw so effortlessly on what seems a limitless range of texts and illustrations…His curiosity never fails, his learning constantly surprises, and the wit and energy of his style never flags…Extraordinary.’ Anthony Grafton, LRB
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002153394
Book Description HarperCollins, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2153394