Renaissance What marked the Renaissance Era?

The word "renaissance" means rebirth and historical and cultural period called the Renaissance incorporated ideas of a rediscovery of ideals from the Antique epoch. A common and long-lived conception is that of the Middle Ages as a period infused by barbarian wars and cultural decline. The spirit of Renaissance reflects the negative view on the Middle Ages and the positive view on the Antique.

The time period of the Renaissance shifts depending on which historians you are consulting. It also differs by regions–the era commences much earlier in South Europe than in Scandinavia, for example.

It is common to date the Renaissance period from the 14th to the 17th century, but in some historical expositions the Renaissance does not emerge until the 15th century.


Among the most famous Renaissance writers we find Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), François Rabelais (between 1483 and 1494-1553), Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and John Milton (1608-1674).