The Other Renaissance: From Copernicus to Shakespeare: How the Renaissance in Northern Europe Transformed the World


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Pegasus Books
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5.91 X 9.06 X 1.18 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Paul Strathern is a Somerset Maugham Prize-winning novelist and the author of many nonfiction titles, including The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior; Napoleon in Egypt; and Mendeleyev's Dream, which was short-listed for the Aventis Prize. Paul lives in England.


"Strathern believes that historians of the Renaissance have focused on Southern Europe to the detriment of the many technical, artistic, and intellectual advances that occurred north of the Alps. To rebalance this history, he describes the contributions of those who lived outside the Mediterranean world. The lives portrayed are deeply fascinating...A docent-style stroll through the pantheon of Renaissance thinkers of Northern Europe."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Following the great minds of the [Renaissance] period in insightful biographical chapters, Strathern's book sets the record straight on this second revival."-- "The New Criterion"
Praise for Paul Strathern's The Medici and The Borgias:
"Highlights [the family's] literary accomplishments in detail, as well as the story of how the Medici became the Renaissance's most influential family."-- "The New York Times Book Review"
"In this accessible look behind the curtain, Strathern lays out the history of the infamous Italian clan. Strathern makes a tangled and thorny history readable."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"The prolific author continues to do what he does best--bring history to wondrous life--with this thorough history of the Medici family. A fantastically comprehensive history covering the breadth of the great learning, art, politics, and religion of the period."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred)"
"An excellent history. An entertaining tale of the rise and fall of an ambitious banking family."-- "The Sunday Times (London)"
"Strathern's entertaining cast of often garrulous northerners, their origins ranging from Paris to rainy London, discovered things that made us what we are today. He describes their contributions in clear-sighted and effective prose, making complex ideas instantly intelligible. Full of pleasing anecdotes, and myths are duly dispatched along the way."-- "The Times (London)"
"From art and astronomy to medicine and exploration, The Other Renaissance covers a lot of ground, and the author's biographical style is invariably engaging. Lively and wide-ranging."-- "Financial Times"
"An enlightening and fascinating study. Mr. Strathern's canvas is immense, yet the picture he paints is never less than pellucid, and packed with lively detail and fascinating facts."-- "The Wall Street Journal"