A New History of the Renaissance
The flowering of civilization, the rebirth of classical scholarship and the serendipitous coming together of some of the greatest artists the world has ever known: this is the traditional view of the Renaissance. This work provides an interpretation of that age of European culture. In it, the author argues that while aristocrats and newly prosperous merchants commissioned works of art from the leading artists of the day, vicious commercial battles were being fought over silks and spices, and who should control international trade. As humanism and the “new learning” spread out of Italy across Europe, the prodigious output of the printing presses which sprang up soon dictated — by accident as much as by design — what was to become the European intellectual tradition.
Lisa Jardine also wrote a book about Erasmus: Erasmus, Man of Letters.