The Renaissance and the Reformation

History C157

Fall 2015
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-330P

This course focuses on one of the most dynamic and transformative periods in the history of Europe. Covering the centuries from roughly 1350 to 1650, we will first be analyzing the dramatic rise or "rebirth" of painting, architecture, poetry, political theory and learning that first emerged in the Italian cities of Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples, and then spread in varying degrees to other parts of Europe. We will then look at the intellectual and religious movements that arose both as products of and reactions against this Renaissance, namely the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. Most of our reading will be from primary sources that include artists, poets, philosophers, novelists and political essayists. Requirements include a midterm exam, a final exam, and an optional final paper of roughly 10-15 pages.

Course Books

The Life of Teresa of Avila : Penguin ISBN: 014044073 by Teresa of Avila penguin. ISBN: 978-0140440737 Required
The Essential Erasmus by dolan, john plume. ISBN: 978-0452009721 Required
The European Reformation by cameron, euan oxford. ISBN: 9780199547852 Required
Martin Luther, selections from his Writings by Luther, Martin anchor. ISBN: 978-0385098762 Required
The Renaissance of Empire in Early Modern Europe by Dandelet, thomas cambridge. ISBN: 978-0521747325 Required
Utopia by More, Thomas Penguin. ISBN: 978-0141442327 Required
Lives of the Artists, vol.1 by vasari, giorgio penguin. ISBN: 978-0140445008 Required
The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione, Baldesar Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140441925 Required
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy by Burckhardt, Jacob Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140445343 Required
The Prince by Machiavelli, Niccolo Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140449150 Required