The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures. This is your opportunity to appreciate the results of the Italian Renaissance and gain an understanding of the underlying social, political, and economic forces that made such exceptional art and culture possible. At the heart of Renaissance Italy were the city-states, home to the money, intellect, and talent needed for the growth of Renaissance culture. You´ll look at the Republic of Florence, as well as other city-states that, thanks to geographical and historical circumstances, had much different political and social structures. This course contains a wealth of details that will give you a feel and appreciation for the Italian Renaissance - its contributions to history, the ways it was similar and dissimilar to our times, and how the people of the time, both famous and ordinary, experienced it. You´ll come away surprised by how much of our modern life was made possible by the Renaissance. Our concept of participatory government, our belief in the value of competition, our philosophy of the content and purpose of education, even our notions of love all have roots in the Renaissance period. Its loftiest ideals - the importance of the individual, the value of human dignity and potential, and the promotion of freedom - are ones we embrace as our own. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth R. Bartlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000168/bk_tcco_000168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about the Renaissance period with iMindsJNR audio learning series for younger minds. The word ´´Renaissance” means ´´rebirth” in French. It was first used by French historian Jules Michelet in 1858, to refer to a ‘movement’ which took place between about the 13th and 16th centuries. This movement describes the transition from medieval to modern Europe, so there are no exact dates for when it began or ended. The Renaissance began in Italy some time at the end of the 13th century and spread to other countries in Western Europe, such as France, Spain and England. The movement is called the ´´rebirth” because, during that period, Western Europe rediscovered literary, philosophical and artistic work from ancient Greece and Rome. From this inspiration, Renaissance scholars developed ideas which have shaped the modern world. Before the Renaissance, many classical works had not been thought about for a thousand years. During the Renaissance, scholars and artists turned to these works to inspire them. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories, become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport.. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. Make your MP3 smarter with iMinds MindTracks, intersperse with music and enjoy learning a little about a lot.. knowledge of your own choice and in your own time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leah Vandenburg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000125/bk_imnd_000125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this comprehensive survey, William Hudson explores the forces responsible for bringing about the Renaissance, which he describes as the West´s ´´transition from the medieval to the modern world´´. Voyages of discovery, inventions, the revival of classical learning, and the advent of science contributed to the intellectual upheavals of this creative period, and are reflected in its literature and art. Hudson focuses on the one thread of continuity that he sees as both the seed and the fruit of this exciting era: the awakening of secular humanism and the emergence of the individual. This history gives the listener a lucid, perceptive analysis of the splendid Renaissance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Whitfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001913/bk_blak_001913_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Golf is a pastime and for our renaissance man he likes to question what is happening. It’s about his life on and off the green largely spent with his buddies. With humor we partake in his day to day experiences watching him comment with an inquisitive nature about virtually everything. Golf gives his office life color and allows him the break to address certain experiences that we all face from time to time. This golfer funnily enough could be you or me and may cause those who play the game to have a quite chuckle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Knower Peace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000584/bk_bigh_000584_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If ever a catharsis in Western European Civilization occurred, it had to have been the period we refer to as the Renaissance. After a thousand years of theocracy, manorialism, feudalism, and narrow economic development, Europe was ripe for change. She got it with a vengeance. The prime mover in this momentous event was a rapid economic transformation which got underway in the 12th century. By 1350, European trade had finally recovered and attained the economic levels reached at the height of ancient Roman prosperity during the time of Emperor Antoninus Pius. But Europe was about to go far beyond even that. In the rush to escape the hardships and restrictions of manorial life, thousands abandoned the rural feudal domains and crowded into growing towns and cities. Concomitantly, the land owning aristocracy and church were left reeling. With money and its attendant political power now flowing into urban centers, and into the hands of merchant princes, the social changes that followed were bound to be profound. Historian Wallace K. Ferguson spends the entire first chapter just in bringing his listeners to an understanding of the changes wrought in the economic, social, and political spheres during the late Middle Ages. For it is only by going back to the period preceding the Renaissance that any of the events, with which we are familiar, will make sense. How did people respond to these chaotic social and economic changes? Why did the Church break apart under the pressure? Professor Ferguson provides the essential information we need in order to understand the dynamic Renaissance society that emerged, first in Italy, and later in Northern Europe. It was a remarkable transmutation whose legacy of brilliant works of art, architecture, literature, and scientific inquiry were to result in the mind expanding epochs that were to follow, and whose works continue to enrich the lives of millions right up to the present day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000057/bk_acon_000057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In all of human history there has never been an era as richly endowed with human creativity as the Italian Renaissance. When the economic boom of the Late Middle Ages had allowed a flourishing and wealthy merchant class to emerge, a plethora of artists, sculptors, architects, and thinkers followed in their wake. In an astonishingly short period of time, Italy was transformed mentally, physically, and spiritually. Powerful commercial centers like Florence, Venice, and Milan became independent. Artists like Michaelangelo and Cellini threw off the customs of the past and forged new symbols of Man, while others, like the gentle aristocrat Baldassare Castiglione, were attempting to civilize the behavior of society with gentlemanly manners. From north to south, Italian cities were literally reborn with an energy and enthusiasm that has never repeated itself anywhere. This great historical essay tells you why this extraordinary event occurred and why it finally died out, though its effects lasted hundreds of years. Ironically, all the great pomp and splendor of the Italian Renaissance was accompanied by some of the worst violence and mayhem that Italy has ever experienced. In the midst of splendor unheard of, men murdered, stole, raped, lied, and cuckolded friend and foe. Horrible torture, brutal war, and poisonous political intrigue went hand in hand with the most sumptuous artistic and literary output in European history. Follow this incredible story to understand the Italian Renaissance in ways you never conceived. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000028/bk_acon_000028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Travels of a Renaissance Man is one man´s experience discovering what lies beyond the cities and borders of America. Ezekiel Phillips´ travel journey began in 2007 when popular television personality and philanthropist Tavis Smiley, along with his pastor Bishop Noel Jones, showed love by sponsoring Phillips on a mission trip to the African city of Accra in the nation of Ghana. From that experience, the California native spring boarded into more than 16 different international excursions. Combine these life changing experiences with Phillips´ dynamic film-making ability, and you get a rare behind the scenes glimpse into life on the ground in less developed nations like the Philippines and Haiti. Ezekiel Phillips has risen beyond the confines of his Los Angeles neighborhood, known as ´´The Jungles´´, to become a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College with a goal to inspire others through his travels. His self-proclaimed guerilla-style film-making takes a no permits, no permission, bold, and sometimes dangerous approach to show viewers life raw and uncut as it happens on international soil. This Renaissance man documents his travels with video and shares them with his loyal followers. The experiences captured during his travels enable him to add value to people´s lives that have yet to embrace globalization and travel. As a result of exposing himself to new cultures, communities, and people, Phillips collaborates with like-minded young adults for both personal and communal gain. According to Ezekiel, the next step to his maturing process is building strong relationships with emerging young leaders to bring social change across the globe. Travel is only a small portion of this vision. Phillips says the evolution of his character through travel is allowing him to embrace his responsibility and calling to bring about real change and upward mobility in ghettos across the globe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ezekiel Phillips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088265/bk_acx0_088265_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A standalone audio exclusive set in the world of the Red Knight. Taking place in Etrusca, Terra Antica, thousands of miles from Alba and Liviapolis, an ancient power is rediscovered. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Jameson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029877/bk_adbl_029877_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New Caelum is virus-free, and its citizens are eager to venture outside for the first time in nearly seven years. But when an outsider shows up with a near-fatal dog bite along with a harsh message from Governor Jackson, it becomes clear: the elite people of New Caelum are not welcome outside the gates of New Caelum and new dangers lurk in the outside world. With Cricket suffering nightmares over past battles and West discovering a dark secret his mother kept well hidden from him - a secret that threatens to tear Cricket and West apart forever, Cricket and West leave the city in search of a place for the people of New Caelum to settle. They will not only have to fight Governor Jackson´s obstacles, they´ll be searching for a future together neither of them is confident exists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeena Yi, Dan Bittner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029898/bk_adbl_029898_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Earth in 2086 is under complete corporate control. Even air and water are controlled by corporations. Moving resources from one area to another is illegal (unless the same corporation controls both areas´ resources). These corporate interests have enslaved mankind by controlling the currency. Scout Ellison and his group want to start a new society without currency. This new society is completely illegal. Even if it was not, it would require changing the whole world´s financial system. So Scout decides to leave Earth and colonize Mars. But the military-industrial complex won´t let this new society get off the ground (at least not without a fight). 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Szura. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068119/bk_acx0_068119_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.