Meaning of the word "Renaissance"
Questions to Consider:
- Why did the Renaissance originate in Italy?
- What competitions existed as to who governed in the Italian city-states?
- How did rule become despotic by 1300?
- How did the Italian city states maintain a balance of power? Why was this important?
- How were individualism, humanism, and the secular spirit considered new ways of thinking?
- Name some examples of humanist thinkers. Why were their ideas considered new?
- Does religion exist concurrently with these new beliefs? How?
- Why might the classical subjects revived by the Renaissance have declined in importance during the Medieval era?