An engrossing volume on the Italian
Renaissance by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant
The fifth volume of Durant’s acclaimed Story of
Civilization, The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from
1304 to 1576. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter
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the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of
the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of
Milan, Florence, and Venice;
the life and accomplishments of Leonardo Da
the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome;
the politicians and philosophers of Italy,
including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli;
the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and
the country’s decline.