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While it’s easy to get caught up - and, rightfully so - in the art of the Renaissance, you cannot have a full, rounded understanding of just how important these centuries were without digging beneath the surface, without investigating the period in terms of its politics, its spirituality, its philosophies, its economics, and its societies. 

Do just that with these 48 lectures that consider the European Renaissance from all sides, that disturb traditional understandings, that tip sacred cows, and that enlarges our understanding of how the Renaissance revolutionized the Western world. 

Guiding you through centuries of exhilarating change in Europe with the knowledge, insights, and discernment of a master scholar, Professor McNabb offers new perspectives on familiar figures and events while focusing on often-unexplored or overlooked areas, such as the role of women in the Renaissance, the daily lives of the rural poor and urban elite, the classical roots of Renaissance thinking, and the powerful connections between the Renaissance and the Reformation. 

By observing the Renaissance less casually and more critically, you’ll uncover insights and connections you can’t find in typical narratives that celebrate these remarkable, tumultuous centuries. These lectures are an authoritative, uncompromising, and multidisciplinary way to experience not just one of Europe’s Renaissance movements - but all of them.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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Fantastic Course!

Dr. Jennifer McNabb is an engaging speaker whose depth of knowledge and appreciate of nuance shines through in every lecture. This is the best overview of the Renaissance that I have heard through the Great Courses series. Definitely worth listening to!

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Very thorough!

An in depth look at a complete variety of aspects of how the Renaissance impacted lives, religion, economics, politics... etc

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Very annoying

I found it impossible to listen these lectures.
The woman's voice is extremely annoying.She seems to be hung up on women's issues which are irrelevant to the subject, She also rambles inanely and rarely makes a point.

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Reads like a bad high school essay.

These lectures all sound like a high school student trying to pad their word count on an essay that they don't want to be writing, and don't understand in the first place anyway. I could easily believe that no script was written for any of these prior to recording; I've heard professors with no improvisational skills sound like this when put on the spot. On the other hand, if the goal of these essays was to produce writing as florid as possible while communicating more or less nothing, then they've succeeded admirably. Really the best I can say is that at least Jennifer McNabb isn't Bob Brier, but Bob Brier produced the only audiobook I've ever returned, so that's not saying much.

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