The Renaissance by Will Durant audiobook

The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304–1576 AD

By Will Durant
Read by Grover Gardner

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The Story of Civilization: Book 5

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An engrossing volume on the Italian Renaissance by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant The fifth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from 1304 to 1576. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

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A Voice Arts Award Nominee

An engrossing volume on the Italian Renaissance by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant

The fifth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from 1304 to 1576. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter

  • the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance;
  • the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice;
  • the life and accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci;
  • the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome;
  • the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli;
  • the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mr. Durant draws all present into the genial colloquy, making them feel that their quickened perception is itself a contribution…His prose has a bright speed that carries its load of facts like an effortless burden.” New York Times, 1957
“Maintains former standards of rich readability and clarity.” Kirkus Reviews
“Easily the most engaging writer of Western intellectual history in the English language, Will Durant breathes life into philosophers and their ideas. He is colorful, witty, and above all, informative.” Amazon.com, editorial review, on The Story of Philosophy
“Magnificent and monumental.” New York Times, praise for the series

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Reviews

by Odin 9/13/2017
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Extraordinary

This being book V of the History of Civilization series, one is given a master’s class in the Italian Renaissance, (1304-1576) with many detailed as well as anecdotal sketches of some the worlds most prestigious and renowned artists. Delivered by Grover Gardner with authoritative, but relaxed narration, this volume of history is both informative and entertaining as we are guided through daily life of artisans, craftsmen, politics and religion. We are presented with the lasting impact that this period in Italy left for us and it is easy to feel both overwhelmed and gleeful at amount of contribution that has remained so influential down through the centuries. Mr. Gardner makes the 37 hours of Durant’s impeccable writing pass with an engendered desire for more. Highly recommended for both the scholastic appetite and a layman’s historical appreciation.

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Author Bio: Will Durant

Author Bio: Will Durant

Will Durant (1885–1981) was an award-winning American writer, historian, and philosopher. He and his wife were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1968 for Rousseau and Revolution, and he was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Durant spent over forty years writing the critically acclaimed eleven-volume Story of Civilization, the later volumes with the help of his wife, Ariel. He sought to revitalize history by unifying and humanizing the great body of historical knowledge, which had become voluminous and fragmented into esoteric subcategories. He also strove to bring philosophy to the common man. Durant was a champion of human rights, social reform, and the brotherhood of man long before they became well-known issues.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 37.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English