A Short History of the French People - Vol. 2

A Short History of the French People - Vol. 2

A Short History of the French People - Vol. 2

A Short History of the French People - Vol. 2

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It has been said for a long time and often that the Italian wars did this great service to France: that at a time when she was still plunged in the semi-barbarism and the somnolence of the Middle Ages, they revealed to her a higher culture than her own and thus induced that great revival of thought, letters and arts which is justly named the Renaissance. These ideas, too simple to be true and originating in the somewhat naive enthusiasm of the generation born in the first half of the sixteenth century, and believing that all about them was being regenerated,1 no longer call for refutation. Yet it is true that the French were profoundly influenced by their prolonged contact with the Italians after 1494; that the resultant reactions were important, and that the effects of these did much to change the “spirit” of the country.

The Renaissanee.

Definition

From the beginning of the fourteenth century onwards a movement of the highest interest had begun in Italy, and had produced, in the course of that century and the next, a profound transformation in the domains of thought, literature and art. This movement was characterised both by a return

The Italian Renaissance . . .

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