Renaissance Studies: An Introduction
By Jeremy David Clos
Historical Director, The North Carolina Renaissance Faire
Renaissance Studies: An Introduction | Medieval Europe | The Renaissance Shift
Renaissance Europe | Renaissance England
The Renaissance comes to England
Just as with the beginning of the movement, no exact date can be placed on the beginning of the renaissance movement in England. The renaissance was essentially Italian in its origin, essence, and largely in its effusion over the rest of Europe. Since Italians were everywhere in the 16th century, they were essentially the germ carriers of new ideas, modes, and manners, providing a source of individual inspiration to the people with which they came in contact.
The English Renaissance is often dated from the arrival of the Italian sculptor Torrigiano, who was commissioned by King Henry VII to create a grand tomb in the renaissance style for he and his wife Elizabeth of York. This is the first renaissance monument reated in England and is credited with bringing the style to England for the first time.
Though Dutch, and not Italian, the great humanist scholar and theologian Erasmus was a lifelong friend of King Henry VIII and his stay in England during Henry's reign helped spread humanist ideals throughout England.
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