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General Renaissance Sources
The word "renaissance" was used for the first time by
Vasari in his book "Vite" in 1550.
Translated from the French, it
means "rebirth," and has come to refer to the period between
the mid-late 14th century and the second half of the 16th century, when
there was a renewed interest and
passion for the cultural
and artistic life.
The Renaissance is rich with individuals
who exemplified the learning, knowledge, imagination,
talent, skills, courage, and power for which the era is
known. Questing to restore the ancient, discover and create anew,
they led the "rebirth" that became known as the
Renaissance. Even today we refer to someone with diverse talents
as a Renaissance man or woman.
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Links for the following Renaissance people are included in the table
Elizabeth I, Botticelli, Miguel de Cervantes,
Henry VIII, Henry VIII, Pope Julius II, Shakespeare,
and Leonardo da
For additional Renaissance people see the links at the bottom of the