Humanism was the major intellectual movement of the Renaissance

The history of Italy as a whole was written by Flavio Biondo, in hiswork on Italy from the decline of the Roman Empire. Like his other books, thisone was based on indefatigable research and filled with facts. Unlike Bruni'shistory, it does not live up to the humanistic ideal of history as literature;the style is ponderous. Valuable and widely read, it helped to establish the fallof the Roman Empire as the end of a historical epoch and the beginning of a newone. He may, therefore, be called one of the first medievalists. Like Bruni, hecelebrated the rise of the cities, which had restored the dignity of Italy. Thusthese fifteenth-century humanist historians, writing in Latin, helped toestablish the ideals and methods of historical study upon which the great Italianhistorians of the next century, Machiavelli and Guicciardini, were to build.

The greatest draughtsman, watercolourist and graphic artist of the Renaissance movement in Germany.
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Fundamental study first published as a single volume in 1937 and subsequently expanded. Emphasizes the influence of Erasmus in Spain and the subsequent suppression of Erasmian humanism by the Inquisition.


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Grendler, Paul F., ed. Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. 6 vols. New York: Scribner’s, 1999.
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Forty-one essays by recognized authorities, each with bibliography, about humanism across Europe and specific themes. Vol. 1 deals with the foundations of humanism and humanism in Italy; Vol. 2, with the rest of Europe; and Vol. 3, with humanism and the disciplines, the professions, arts, and science. A good starting point for advanced students and scholars lacking knowledge in particular fields of study.


History is the study of the past in all its forms

Study of Polydore Vergil (b. 1470–d. 1555), an Italian humanist who moved to England in 1502 and wrote the first humanist history of England and other works.

Renaissance -- Printing and Thinking - Learner

Perceptive dissection of the book, indicating when and how it was written, the influence of Christian humanism, contemporaneous political and social conditions, and More’s prescriptions for improving society

The Renaissance - Philosophy Pages

Humanism became a significant intellectual force in England during the reign of Henry VIII (b. 1509–d. 1547). Hence, the history of English humanism is bound up with the Tudor monarchy and Henry’s religious policies. studies a pioneering humanist. and describe the growing influence of humanists at the court and the roles that they played in Henry VIII’s religious policies, while describes a nonhumanist who founded a humanist school, and studies a humanist churchman who opposed Henry VIII and was beheaded. Thomas More (b. 1478–d. 1535) was the most accomplished and famous English humanist, and (1516) was his most famous work. offers a comprehensive biography of More, while and analyze .

Donatello, David and Humanism. – humanismartsblogger

Good introductory survey. After an introduction about the Renaissance and humanism, it provides succinct summaries of key figures and themes, organized around the reigns of French kings.

Renaissance Art: History, Characteristics

A detailed study of the combination of humanism and communism in the Utopia. Helpful in indicating the classical and Christian sources used, how More used them, and his sense of irony.