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The Oxford Illustrated History of the Renaissance

Edited by Gordon Campbell

April 2021

ISBN: 9780198862666

528 pages

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Oxford Illustrated History

Price: £19.99

The story of the 'long Renaissance' for a new generation from Giotto and Dante in thirteenth-century Italy to the English literary Renaissance in the first half of the seventeenth century.



The story of the 'long Renaissance' for a new generation from Giotto and Dante in thirteenth-century Italy to the English literary Renaissance in the first half of the seventeenth century.

  • A new history of Renaissance culture and civilization
  • By a team of leading historians under the expert editorial guidance of Gordon Campbell
  • From Giotto and Dante in thirteenth-century Italy, right through to the English literary Renaissance of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries
  • Covers humanism and the classical tradition, war and the state, religion, art and architecture, the performing arts, literature, craft and technology, science and medicine, and travel and cultural exchange
  • Looks at the world beyond Europe, from the export of elements of Renaissance culture to Spanish America, to Renaissance Europe's fertile encounter with the Ottomans and beyond

About the Author(s)

Edited by Gordon Campbell, Fellow in Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester

Gordon Campbell is Fellow in Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. In January 2012 he was presented with the Longman History Today Trustees Award (for lifetime contribution to history). He has authored and edited many books for OUP including The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance (2003); Renaissance Art and Architecture (2004); John Milton: Life, Work and Thought (2008; co-author); Bible: the Story of the King James Version, 1611-2011 (2010); and The Hermit in the Garden: from Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome (2013).

Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Renaissance, Gordon Campbell
    1:Humanism and the Classical Tradition, Peter Mack
    2:War and the State: c. 1400-1650, David Parrott
    3:Religion, Stella Fletcher
    4:The Civilisation of the Renaissance, François Quiviger
    5:Art and Architecture: Italy and Beyond, Francis Ames-Lewis
    6:Art and Architecture: Flanders and Beyond, Paula Nuttall and Richard Williams
    7:The Performing Arts: Festival, Music, Drama, Dance, Margaret McGowan
    8:Vernacular Literature, Warren Boutcher
    9:Craft and Technology in Renaissance Europe, Pamela O. Long, Andrew Morrall
    10:The Renaissance of Science, Paula Findlen
    11:The Global Renaissance, Peter Burke and Felipe Fernández-Armesto
    Further Reading


"Review from previous edition [This] is a book that will not disappoint. Like the others in the series it combines the best scholarship in the field with lavish illustrations and photographs in colour and black and white throughout the text. The production values are high and the images are delight. Whether readers are well-versed in the field of Renaissance studies or simply have a casual interest in this fascinating subject, they will find much to enjoy. Though the concepts discussed are far from simplistic, the tone is highly readable. This book will be a welcome addition to any library on the subject." - All About History

"Based on the latest historical research but aimed at the general reader, the Oxford "Illustrated's" have maintained a very high standard over the years. This volume, edited by the great Renaissance scholar, Gordon Campbell, certainly maintains the Oxford University Press reputation for excellence." - Ed Voves, Art Eyewitness