Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Famous Men of the Renaissance & Reformation ~ Shearer

"The biographies in this volume show the continuity between the Renaissance and the Reformation. The revival of learning which characterized the Renaissance led directly to the recovery of the tools and texts that the Reformers used to place the Bible in the language (and hands) of the people. This book will give readers a sense of the events that helped to shape the modern world, the modern political state, and the church. You will meet men and women of tremendous ability and often unbelievable courage who were at work in the events of the Renaissance and Reformation." Christian Book
This is not your normal account of boring history facts and dates and dead guys. Shearer brings to life some of the most prominent men that shaped history. I used this as party of my history in school and it's shallow enough that you can read the ten minute account of, say Petrarch and have a good grasp of who he was and what he stood for, yet it doesn't go into such a depth that children are bored by every tiny detail of their lives.
"Drawing on 30 years of reading in Renaissance & Reformation history, I have selected 15 figures from the Renaissance and 15 from the Reformation whose lives illustrate the history of the times.
From the Renaissance: Petrarch, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Cosimo de' Medici, Lorenzo de' Medici, Savonarola, Botticeli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Cesare Borgia, Machiavelli, Pope Leo X, and Erasmus.
From the Reformation: Wyclif, Hus, Luther, Charles V, Durer, Zwingli, Muntzer, Grebel & Sattler, Menno Simons, Henry VIII, Thomas More, Tyndale, Cromwell & Cranmer, Calvin, and Knox. " Robert Shearer

Indecency: One or two mild comments about a man being attractive to women.
Violence: Discussion of war
Language: None
Age Interest: 12-up
Fun Fact: The author of this book is the homeschooling father of nine children.

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