Florence in the 15th century was the undisputed centre of the Italian Renaissance - one of four exemplary ages in human history, according to Voltaire. What we have been derives largely from Jerusalem, Athens, Rome - and it was in Florence that these inheritances were blended to make us what we are now. Our Christianity, our learning, our literature and art, our civic liberties and even our conception of what constitutes a gentleman, are all the result of ancient thought and practice re-moulded by Florentine mind and deed which influenced science, medicine, geography and cartography as well as the visual arts. This is a guide to every aspect of the Italian Renaissance.
"This is probably the best book that has ever been written in the Renaissance and probably the most readable... Mr Cronin's fluent pen and his delight in the subject turn the whole account into something of a love story." * The Times Educational Supplement * "One of the first books to recommend to someone who wishes to discover the Florentine Renaissance." * The Times Literary Supplement * "A fascinating story, eloquently told and packed with recondite material... a model history for the general reader." * Spectator * "With the selective skill of a great master painter who makes the most minute detail play its part in the whole composition, Vincent Cronin has, in this distinguished book, sifted for us the living spectacle of the quattrocento in the hub of Tuscany." * Scotsman *