Demonstrative examples of early Renaissance literature (Boccaccio's The Decameron and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales) made interesting breaks from the literary tradition of Biblical, Medieval, and early Christian literature. These breaks took place chiefly in the areas of sovereignty, ethics (or law), and sanctions. There were breaks in the areas of authority and succession as well. These pieces of literature followed … Continue reading Christian Literature Vs. Renaissance Literature
Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) was a very interesting figure in the history of Florence. He was a Dominican Friar and an extremely persuasive speaker. He was very much against the Renaissance and its ideas. His persuasive anti-Renaissance preaching influenced important people, including Pico della Mirandola, Michelangelo, and the painter Botticelli who decided to devote his skills … Continue reading Girolamo Savonarola
The Canterbury Tales were a series of stories written in the late 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400). They were told by travelers of diverse backgrounds on their way to Canterbury. The 13th tale, 'The Pardoner's Tale', concerned three drunken men who swore an oath to find and kill death after seeing someone they … Continue reading Death in ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)'s book, The Decameron, was a series of short stories (100 in all) that were told through seven young women and three young men. These people were taking refuge from the plague in an abandoned villa, and told these stories to amuse themselves. It was written shortly after the Black Death. The Decameron … Continue reading ‘The Decameron’: Short Stories or the Account of the Plague?
The Renaissance was marked by secularization, and the papacy was no exception. The Popes were becoming so concerned with art, political power, and other worldly matters that they neglected their spiritual duties, to varying extents. This neglect caused the Church to degrade, and invited the Protestant Reformation. Two events, the Avignon Papacy and the Great … Continue reading Problems of the Renaissance Papacy
Aquatic animals have several mechanisms for dealing with the effects of osmosis. Without these methods, the cells within these creatures would either shrivel up and die, or swell up and explode. Osmosis is the tendency for a liquid (solvent) with a low concentration of particles (solutes) dissolved in it to move to through a semi-permeable … Continue reading Essay 16: Aquatic Osmoregulators