What were the causes of the Renaissance?

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While there is no specific singular cause for the Renaissance, there are various factors that have contributed to the commencement of the era. The Renaissance followed the end of the Medieval period. Therefore, events that marked a change in Medieval culture, mentality, technology, and beliefs naturally influenced the beginning of the Renaissance. The evidence of this is aptly reflected in the name Renaissance itself. “Renaiss” derives from the Middle French renaistre (to be born again) and the suffix -ance (indicating an action, state, condition, or quality).

The Renaissance era was characterized by the artistic, literary, and overall cultural influence of Greece and Rome. Following the fall of Constantinople in 1453, a wave of Italians (many of whom were...

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