“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in facilities, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god: the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.”
-Hamlet, William Shakespeare


The time period before the renaissance was the middle ages. This was a time filled with death and sadness due to the black plague that killed many of the people of Europe. While the renaissance was a time for people to think for themselves and embrace all that they can do.


The Renaissance was followed by the Restoration and Enlightenment period. This was a time filled with new scientific evolutions spurred by the inventions of the Renaissance. Literature was also a big part of this time period and it was able to be massed produced by the printing press invented during the Renaissance.




Humanism: A large part of the Renaissance was the humanist movement. Humanism is defined as a philosophy that usually rejects a God-like idea and stresses and individual's dignity and worth for capacity for self-realization through reason.

Literature: The most important idea in literature that was written during the renaissance was the emphasis of a conscience and the same sense of individual personality. The concepts in the works were that history is philosophy and lessons of history can be applied to everyday life.

rennn.jpgElizabethan Era: When Queen Elizabeth ruled England even though she was Protestant, she believed that people, Catholics and Protestants, should both be able to practice their religion, unlike the beliefs of her sister, Queen "Bloody Mary" who burned Protestants alive, just for being Protestants.

Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther was a German monk who believed that the Roman Catholic Church was taking advantage of their power. He created the Protestant religion with the writing of the 95 Theses on the doors of castle church door at Wittenburg.

Art: Renaissance art recaptured Roman and Greek cultures in a new way.
With artists such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci the renaissance was filled with new and creative paintings.

Inventions: The inventions during the renaissance plowed the way for the scientific revolution d uring the restoration and enlightenment period.

Music: Renaissance music displayed the new ways of humanism. There
were many ren_3.jpgnew instruments created such as the lute and the virginal. All of them had a new sound to clearly represent the new era of rebirth.

Food: The different economic classes all ate differently. The lower the class the less they ate , and the quality of the food also went down.The high class people all ate well and hardy every day.

Fashion: Men started to outfits that were elaborately trimmed and decorated with lace and frills. Woman's clothes were becoming more elegant with corsets extending below the waist.

Daily Life: Renaissance life was filled with many fun sports; such as jousting.

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