Category Archives: Renaissance History

“How Money and Politics Worked in 1519”

Nine years later than the 1510 setting, admittedly, and a few hundred miles to the north, but this intriguing — in ever sense — account from Atlas Obscura of how the German Fugger banking family tried to buy the Holy … Continue reading

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‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo’

Just a quick note of this forthcoming 3D History channel film, with Peter Capaldi as Leonardo da Vinci, that explores his ideas, experiences and travails with his own words and with what looks like some very nifty animation, too. This … Continue reading

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Launch Torpedoes!

Control of the Mediterranean and its rich trade routes is a key concern of the age, and the struggles between the Ottoman Empire and Christendom — and especially the Venetian naval superpower — will be crucial. Just think how useful … Continue reading

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‘Paths of Wickedness and Crime: the underworlds of the Renaissance Italian city’

I just wanted to let people know that a slender and speculative historical essay of mine considering the early forms of organized crime in Renaissance Italy has just been published. Paths of Wickedness and Crime: the underworlds of the Renaissance … Continue reading

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Dragnet in Florence

Renaissance cities were generally small by our standards, but large enough that it was possible to hide in them after committing a crime – but if the authorities really wanted to find you then eventually they would. After all, too … Continue reading

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Naughty Nuns of the Renaissance

If anyone ever wondered “Why Venetian nunneries were once hotbeds of passion” then wonder no longer, as Tony Perrottet’s Sex and the Renaissance Nun discusses how “Venetian nunneries were the most liberated in Europe. In the 1400s, the skyrocketing cost of dowries … Continue reading

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‘Italian Communes: Attractions of Autocracy’ in History Today

If you’re a subscriber to the excellent History Today (and why wouldn’t you be?), then you can read this interesting article by Alexander Lee here. The opening is: Italian Communes: Attractions of Autocracy Alexander Lee, History Today Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011 The Italian … Continue reading

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