The renaissance also changed Western society in that the renaissance was a huge step in learning and confidence. Let me explain. We can say that all of Europe before the renaissance lived under the shadow of the glories of the classical world: People were still being educated under concepts of the Romans and Greeks and their achievement in all fields of knowledge. However, something happened during the renaissance. People began to feel that they could exceed the glories of the past and that they could achieve greatness once again.
This confidence cannot be underestimated. This set Europe on a track to achieve great things in education, arts, science, architecture, and many other fields. They were able to bypass, in this way, the medieval frame of mind and way of doing things. Innovation returned and some of the great achievement of the Western World was due to the the renaissance.