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When did the Renaissance begin?

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hotcassiebaby | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 18, 2008 at 1:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Current thinking is that it is 'wrong' to use the term 'Renaissance' because it suggests certains misunderstandings and that the preferred term is now the Early Mordern Period.

However, Western European interest in ancient learning was accelerated by the reconquest of muslim Spain in the 1450 and the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Urbino in Italy is supposed to have been the place that sparked off this sudden rush of culture, knowledge and discovery in the mid 15th century.

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 18, 2008 at 1:47 AM (Answer #2)

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In the late fourteenth century (that means the late 1300's), a movement of literature, art, and philosophy began in Europe. This movement brought us such people as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Donatello, Galileo, among many others. This was a time of great intellectual and cultural growth in the Western world that influenced many of the ideas, technology, and art we have today.

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smartatul111 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 2, 2011 at 2:03 AM (Answer #3)

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ocial and political developments in the late Middle Ages gave rise to the spirit of the Renaissance. The Crusades (1096-1291)-the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers to win the holy land from the Muslims-brought Europeans into contact with other cultures and most importantly with Byzantine civilization. The remnant of the East Roman Empire, Byzantium had preserved the knowledge of ancient times. In addition, many texts thought to have been destroyed during the tribal ransacking of the West Roman Empire (in the fifth century a.d.) remained preserved in various translations throughout the Middle East. So it was during the Crusades that some of these were brought back to Europe, where classical scholars undertook the task of deciphering the West's cultural past.

In northern Italy, a series of city-states developed independent of the larger empires to the north and south of them. These small states-Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan, among others-gained prosperity through trade and banking, and as a result, a wealthy class of businessmen emerged. These community leaders admired and encouraged creativity, patronizing artists who might glorify their commercial achievement with great buildings, paintings, and sculptures. The most influential patrons of the arts were the Medicis, a wealthy banking family in Florence. Members of the Medici family supported many important artists, including Botticelli and Michelangelo. Guided by the Medici patronage, Florence became the most magnificent city of the period.

One way patrons encouraged art was to sponsor competitions in order to spur artists to more significant achievement. In many cases, the losers of these contests went on to greater fame than the winners. After his defeat in the competition to create the bronze doors of the Baptistery of Florence Cathedral, architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) made several trips to take measurements of the ruined buildings of ancient Rome. When he returned to Florence, he created the immense il duomo (dome) of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a classically influenced structure that became the first great monument of the Renaissance.

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loxi | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 13, 2009 at 1:23 PM (Answer #6)

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it begin in italy. in the fourteenth century in 1300 from 1600

 

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huulhaal | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 26, 2009 at 3:47 PM (Answer #7)

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It began around the late 15th century. It occured because of muslim scientists. After the fall of muslim scientist from violent attacks, in spain in 1492, all the beautiful and scientific inventions done by the muslims were all inherited by the spains which laid the foundation for such advancement. Today all the advanced things we use in our everyday lives are here for the muslim scientists.

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bigbang! | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 8, 2011 at 11:50 PM (Answer #4)

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The Renaissance Period (1350-1550) was the transition period between the Medieval Era and the modern world. The word renaissance means "revival" or "rebirth".
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mfrison | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:03 AM (Answer #8)

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The Renaissance or "rebirth" started in Italy shortly after the end of the dark ages in the early 1300's.  It began in different times in different places because of several wars and religious conflicts.  It is roughly known as the time between the 1300s to the mid to late 1500s as it transforms into the Reformation.  Italy was the starting place due to its close crises with Christiandome.  Italy also remembered the great enlightened times of ancient Athens due to its close proximity and use of many things taken from the Greek ancients in culture and experience.

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nishapatel01 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM (Answer #5)

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Although the Rennaisance started in the 1300s, if one was to give an actual year that the Rennaisance started, that year would be 1453. This is for three reasons. First, it was the year Constantinople fell. Second, it was the year that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, which allowed the spread of many new ideas. Third, it was the end of the Hundred Years War (actually 113 years). All of these events allowed people to stop fighting and to focus on intellectual and artistic achievement.

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ritikajain | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM (Answer #10)

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The Renaissance, which means “new birth” or “resurrection” is generally considered to have started in Italy in the 1300s. It represented a resurgence of interest in classical learning and values, in discovery and exploration of the world, faith in logic, reason and the scientific method as sources of truth, and a celebration of the human mind and body in art and literature. It was also a period of clashes with traditional religious authority, as Copernicus challenged the Ptolemaic view that the earth was the center of the universe.  It was also a period when the feudal system went into decline and commerce and international trade began to flourish. It marked the end of centuries of decline and stagnation that characterized the Dark Ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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vegeta27kk | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 11, 2011 at 1:00 AM (Answer #13)

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You can not bound the origin of ren'sa in time limit. Basically it is a process which is running from the begining of time. It is development of humains thoughts towards the developmental values for humain lives obtained its significant height (in europe only coz in asia even haddappa sabhayata and vedic sabhyata were more civilized and based on humain values) near about 1300 ad and have not got proper place in Affrica till today.

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shivankshekhar | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 4, 2011 at 1:27 AM (Answer #14)

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Renaissance began in 14th centuary when human mind began to be logical & realistic and began questioning the authority of the church.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 18, 2008 at 1:56 AM (Answer #11)

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Why the Renaissance began is answered in the link:

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tyrock | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 9, 2009 at 3:31 AM (Answer #12)

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 1300 from 1600

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jdukowitz | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM (Answer #22)

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The Renaissance, which means “new birth” or “resurrection” is generally considered to have started in Italy in the 1300s. It represented a resurgence of interest in classical learning and values, in discovery and exploration of the world, faith in logic, reason and the scientific method as sources of truth, and a celebration of the human mind and body in art and literature. It was also a period of clashes with traditional religious authority, as Copernicus challenged the Ptolemaic view that the earth was the center of the universe.  It was also a period when the feudal system went into decline and commerce and international trade began to flourish. It marked the end of centuries of decline and stagnation that characterized the Dark Ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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daskalos | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 20, 2011 at 12:06 AM (Answer #23)

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It always amazes me when people automatically turn to the European Renaissance. Every culture has had a renaissance, some have had many.  Even within a culture there have been renaissance in subgroups such as the Harlem Renaissance with African America population of the United States.

When does it happen? When a spark of enlightenment takes hold and flurishes within a group of people. It may or may not spread to surrounding peoples, but it definitely causes a change.

If you are specifically askinf about the European Renaissance the other have ansewered the question quite well.

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mksb | Student | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM (Answer #24)

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Social and political developments in the late Middle Ages gave rise to the spirit of the Renaissance. The Crusades (1096-1291)-the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers to win the holy land from the Muslims-brought Europeans into contact with other cultures and most importantly with Byzantine civilization. The remnant of the East Roman Empire, Byzantium had preserved the knowledge of ancient times. In addition, many texts thought to have been destroyed during the tribal ransacking of the West Roman Empire (in the fifth century a.d.) remained preserved in various translations throughout the Middle East. So it was during the Crusades that some of these were brought back to Europe, where classical scholars undertook the task of deciphering the West's cultural past.

In northern Italy, a series of city-states developed independent of the larger empires to the north and south of them. These small states-Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan, among others-gained prosperity through trade and banking, and as a result, a wealthy class of businessmen emerged. These community leaders admired and encouraged creativity, patronizing artists who might glorify their commercial achievement with great buildings, paintings, and sculptures. The most influential patrons of the arts were the Medicis, a wealthy banking family in Florence. Members of the Medici family supported many important artists, including Botticelli and Michelangelo. Guided by the Medici patronage, Florence became the most magnificent city of the period.

One way patrons encouraged art was to sponsor competitions in order to spur artists to more significant achievement. In many cases, the losers of these contests went on to greater fame than the winners. After his defeat in the competition to create the bronze doors of the Baptistery of Florence Cathedral, architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) made several trips to take measurements of the ruined buildings of ancient Rome. When he returned to Florence, he created the immense il duomo (dome) of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a classically influenced structure that became the first great monument of the Renaissance.

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ella301 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 18, 2011 at 7:51 AM (Answer #15)

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it begun in the 14th century

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jaguar174 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 18, 2011 at 8:00 AM (Answer #16)

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It was in 14th century when it began in the time of queen elizabeth .

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patelmilia98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 12, 2011 at 6:47 AM (Answer #17)

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The Renaissance began in Italy around A.D. 1350 and spread throughout the Europe until about 1600 

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notebook4u | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM (Answer #25)

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When did the Renaissance begin?

it is not fair to give an exact date for the beginning of renaissance. the was a process of development. it grow from the soil of italy and gradually spread all over the european continet. how ever we could suggest that renaissance emerged in europe by the later half of the 14th century and flourished during the 15th- 16th centuries. indeed it wa the dymnamic force that let loose a series of revolutions in europe. it expamnded the mental horizen of mand and shepherded anan intellectual trevolution. it was followed by a religiousd revolution - Reformation, economic revolution - geographic discovberies and a political revolution- the rise of national states.

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bbehaghel | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 15, 2011 at 1:44 AM (Answer #18)

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14th century in Italy

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coachtodd23 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM (Answer #28)

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The Renaissance was basically the beginning of the end for the Feudal style of government that Europe used following the collapse of the Roman Empire in 505 A.D..  European Nobility found that the easiest way to control the masses was to keep them ignorant.  Not only was this convenient for the Nobles, but also the Catholic church who together with the nobles developed the concept of Divine Right.  When the Crusades began around 800-1000 A.D., upon returning, Europeans were exposed to items like silks, teas, and spices from the Far East.  As a result, a market for these items began to grow.  Italian merchants became the middle man for this lucrative exchange.  As a result, over time these merchants began to grow rather wealthy.  Lacking the tradition culture and pedigree of the noble elite, these merchants sought out this knowledge and culture through educating themselves with the classics of Rome and Greece.  This slow methodical process would slow begin to eat away at the foundations of control established by the nobility and Catholic church of the 1300's through the 1400's.  2 great by products of the Renaissance will be the Protestant Reformation and the Great Enlightenment.  

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Posted May 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM (Answer #20)

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It's a nebulous answer. I usually say 1350CE, but others have said 1452, 1450s, 1400s, 1500s, etc. Around that general time span is fine.

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gotitadeamor | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2009 at 7:41 AM (Answer #21)

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14th century

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deviant45 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM (Answer #33)

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it began in the late 1400 when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press so there was more books so it was less expentif so schools bought them so the ppl was more educated and smarter so they built amazing structures and cathedrals and actualy put some ambition in art

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gopikrishna | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:07 PM (Answer #34)

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"Renaissance," French for "rebirth," perfectly describes the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries.

During the era known by this name, Europe emerged from the economic stagnation of the Middle Ages and experienced a time of financial growth. the Renaissance was an age in which artistic, social, scientific, and political thought turned in new directions.

When Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1445, he forever changed the lives of people in Europe and, eventually, all over the world. Previously, bookmaking entailed copying all the words and illustrations by hand.

As the demand for books grew, the book trade began to flourish throughout Europe, and industries related to it, such as papermaking, thrived as well. The result of all of this was a more literate populace and a stronger economy.

Books also helped to spread awareness of a new philosophy that emerged when Renaissance scholars known as humanists returned to the works of ancient writers.

The Renaissance sailor first took to the seas to supply Europeans with the many Asian spices they demanded. Peppercorns, nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon all came from lands to the east. Also from the East came precious gems and fine silk, a fabric especially sought after for women's clothing. These trading voyages were often paid for by investors.

 

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agvickers | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM (Answer #26)

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which one?

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aznboy578 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:38 AM (Answer #27)

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1300-1600

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olahandrasbela | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 10, 2012 at 4:21 AM (Answer #39)

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I have the most unusual answer :) :) :)

It began in 1396 with the battle of Nikopol (in Bulgaria nowadays).

The great looser was Sigmund, King of Hungary. He escaped on venetian ships into Constantinople and spent there long time. He was influenced by the ancient roman culture, architecture etc.

Later he became the Emperor of the german empire. He was crowned in Italy, Rome. There were old friends, just like the actual byzantian Emperor. They were already quite old. They spoke all the time about Konstantinople, Rome and culture and there was a young noble servant. He was listened aal the time. He was astonished and strongly influenced.

Later he became well known all around Europe as "Lorenzo il Magnifico". He helped almost all the greatest artists of the Renaissance. And they were all turned towards the Ancient Greco-Roman Culture. :)

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Zac Egs | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM (Answer #40)

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Hi,

Many historians contend that this period began in 1453.
Nonetheless we have to remember this period would not have been so successful without the great influence of artists, painters, writers poets such as Plato, Ovid, Virgil and Cicéron. Even if this answer is not complete I hope it will be useful.

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lnj100 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM (Answer #42)

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Social and political developments in the late Middle Ages gave rise to the spirit of the Renaissance. The Crusades (1096-1291)-the militaryexpeditions undertaken by Christian powers to win the holy land from the Muslims-brought Europeans into contact with other cultures and most importantly with Byzantine civilization. The remnant of the East Roman Empire, Byzantium had preserved the knowledge of ancient times. In addition, many texts thought to have been destroyed during the tribal ransacking of the West Roman Empire (in the fifth century a.d.) remained preserved in various translations throughout the Middle East. So it was during the Crusades that some of these were brought back to Europe, where classical scholars undertook the task of deciphering the West's cultural past.

In northern Italy, a series of city-states developed independent of the larger empires to the north and south of them. These small states-Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan, among others-gained prosperity through trade and banking, and as a result, a wealthy classof businessmen emerged. These community leaders admired and encouraged creativity, patronizing artists who might glorify their commercial achievement with great buildings, paintings, and sculptures. The most influential patrons of the arts were the Medicis, a wealthy banking family in Florence. Members of the Medici family supported many important artists, including Botticelli and Michelangelo. Guided by the Medici patronage, Florence became the most magnificent city of the period.

One way patrons encouraged art was to sponsor competitions in order to spur artists to more significant achievement. In many cases, the losers of these contests went on to greater fame than the winners. After his defeat in the competition to create the bronze doors of the Baptistery of Florence Cathedral, architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) made several trips to take measurements of the ruined buildings of ancient Rome. When he returned to Florence, he created the immense il duomo (dome) of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a classically influenced structure that became the first great monument of the Renaissance.



 

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted May 8, 2012 at 7:58 PM (Answer #29)

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 Rennaisance started in the 1300s... ^_*

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autumnjijina | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 26, 2012 at 6:39 AM (Answer #30)

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It had taken place in the Italain cities and rest of the europen countries at 14th and 15th century

 

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butler187 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 17, 2009 at 2:17 AM (Answer #32)

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the renaissance began in the late 1300

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ebuka911 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2012 at 7:43 AM (Answer #36)

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The Renaissance Period (1350-1550) was the transition period between the Medieval Era and the modern world. The word renaissance means "revival" or "rebirth".
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madihaa | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM (Answer #37)

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all have given u answer in very detail nothing remain for me to explain :)

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sweetgiggles | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM (Answer #38)

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renaissance which means rebirth or revival it started in the 14 century in italy  and lasted till 17 century.

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Zac Egs | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM (Answer #41)

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*that this period would not have been...

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amethyst1114 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM (Answer #43)

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In the lat 14th century (1300s)

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Posted May 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM (Answer #44)

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The Renaissance occurred after the Black Death, when, after all those deaths, the people who worked the Nobles' lands were far less in number, and were more needed. Therefore, there were many job openings. The Renaissance therefore started around 1350, and included the characteristics of:

1) A rebirth and emphasis on classical Greek and Roman Learning
2) The Spirit of Experimentation
3) Less Fear of the Unknown
4) Belief in Progress through Learning
5) Emphasis on Individual happiness
6) Vernacular used in place of Latin

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crazynitin998 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted May 27, 2012 at 5:27 AM (Answer #45)

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it started in the fourteenth century

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melonsmasher | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM (Answer #46)

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Probably during late 14th century. Rennaissance gave the people the spirit of inquiry and humanism. It is an important event in European history.

 

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clarinet500 | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 5, 2012 at 1:05 AM (Answer #47)

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The Renaissance began in Italy in A.D 1350, and it lasted until A.D 1550.  I hope that answers your question.

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overworked | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 18, 2012 at 7:42 AM (Answer #48)

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It began in Italy around about 1300-1400 AD

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jjrichardson | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM (Answer #51)

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The Renaissance began in Florence and spread to the rest of Europe. It took place in the Late Middle Ages, and spanned the 14th to the 17th century.

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elmee | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM (Answer #52)

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I think between 14th and 15th century

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Chantelm | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM (Answer #54)

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In the late 14th century we see the Renaissance period evolving in Europe.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM (Answer #55)

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It began in the late 14th century

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM (Answer #56)

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The rennaisance began in the 1300s in Northern Italy and began after the Black Death when most of the population was wiped out

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 20, 2014 at 2:54 AM (Answer #57)

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It began in the 14 century in Italy

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kevin0001 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 16, 2014 at 5:02 AM (Answer #58)

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The Renaissance began in the 14th century.

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taangerine | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM (Answer #59)

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The Renaissance began during the 14th century or mid-1300s. 

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Posted August 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM (Answer #60)

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The Renaissance began in the mid 14th century                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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strwbrry16 | TA , Grade 5 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM (Answer #61)

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Renaissance means "rebirth" in the French language. The Renaissance was a rebirth in many different ways. It began in Northern Italy about 1350 right after the Black Death had ravaged the country, killing from a third to half the population.

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