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What are the key factors that led to the beginning of Renaissance?

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canada1234 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 12, 2010 at 5:51 AM via web

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What are the key factors that led to the beginning of Renaissance?

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted September 12, 2010 at 11:03 PM (Answer #1)

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The term 'renaissance' literally means 'rebirth.' The renaissance was a socio-cultural movement which began in Italy in the beginning of the fourteenth century and gradually spread all over Europe reaching England almost a hundred years later. Various theories have been proposed concerning its origins.

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 is usually accepted as an important reason for the beginning of the renaissance. The Ottoman Turks invaded and captured Constantinople the capital of the Byzantine empire in 1453 and closed down all the schools of higher learning. This led to a mass exodus of Greek scholars to Italy with their precious manuscripts, which in turn led to the dissemination of the Greek classical texts all over Europe which is believed to have sparked off the renaissance.

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kevindement | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM (Answer #2)

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Development of Scholasticism and Crusades to recapture Jerusalem are the other two factors that led to the beginning of renaissance.

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