The English Renaissance

The English Renaissance

The English Renaissance 1485-1660 Dramatic shifts in human values and perception:

Began in 14th century Italy, came to England I 1485 when Wars of the Roses ended Religion and afterlife --- human life on earth Delight in art/literature Beauty of nature New sense of mastery over the world Historically

Political instability Establishing claims in New World Henry VIII: Protestant Reformation, 1534 Church of England, or Anglican Church

Edward VI: Book of Common Prayer Bloody Mary: persecution of Protestants Elizabethan era: Renaissance reached full flower

Unprecedented prosperity and international prestige Avoided costly overseas wars Reestablished the independent Church of England Reinterpretation of Europes preChristian past: Using the arts and philosophies of ancient Greece and Rome as models for

achievements Creative energy expanded boundaries: Scientific, Geographical, and Philosophical boundaries of medieval world Questioned timeworn truths

Challenged authority New emphasis placed on individual Development of human potential Renaissance manideal man, manyfaceted person who cultivated his innate talents to the fullest

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