Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age

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Pantheon Books, 1993 - 262 pages
With Renaissance Lives, Theodore K. Rabb revives a tradition of writing that was often practised by the historians of that astounding era: to tell the story of an age by examining the lives of those who lived it. Rabb's subjects are all people who felt change gather speed around them: from Titian and Galileo to Catherine de' Medici and John Milton. In their stories we see, above all, the powers of ideas to liberate, to enthrall, to provoke, and to resolve conflict.

Renaissance Lives shows us the struggle -- with its grave disappointments but also its extraordinary achievements -- that accompanied the creation of the world we recognize as our own.

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The Creation of a New Vision
The Enthusiasm for Change
The Response to Change

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About the author (1993)

Theodore J. Rabinowicz was born in Teplice-Sanov, Czechoslovakia on March 5, 1937. He received bachelor's and master's degrees at Queen's College, Oxford and a Ph.D. in European and colonial American history from Princeton University. He taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, and Harvard University before joining the faculty at Princeton in 1967. He took emeritus status there in 2006. He was an expert in European history, who believed in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching history. In 1970, he was one of the founding editors of The Journal of Interdisciplinary History. He wrote numerous books including Enterprise and Empire: Merchant and Gentry Investment in the Expansion of England, 1575-1630; Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age; The Last Days of the Renaissance and the March to Modernity; The Artist and the Warrior: Military History Through the Eyes of the Masters; and Why Does Michelangelo Matter?: A Historian's Questions About the Visual Arts. He died on January 7, 2019 at the age of 81.

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