By Guido Ruggiero

This quantity brings jointly one of the most fascinating renaissance students to signify new methods of brooding about the interval and to set a brand new sequence of agendas for Renaissance scholarship.

• Overturns the concept it was once a interval of eu cultural triumph and highlights the unfavorable in addition to the confident.

• appears on the Renaissance from an international, in preference to simply eu, point of view.

• perspectives the Renaissance from views except simply the cultural elite.

• Gender, intercourse, violence, and cultural historical past are built-in into the analysis.

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25 Leonardo da Vinci (d. 1519) has often been perceived as the epitome of the Italian Renaissance. ” He could build bridges, mortars, and cannons; he could blow up fortresses; he could construct war chariots that would disperse any enemy force. His skepticism about theoretical knowledge divorced from observation and experiment set him apart from his contemporaries and identified him as a prophetic advocate of the modern scientific method. “It seems to me that all sciences are vain and full of error that have not been tested by experience.

2 Burckhardt’s view of the Renaissance, as a distinctive and revolutionary epoch in the history of western civilization, became and has largely remained, the authoritative interpretation: reflected in textbooks, in school and university curricula, in the media, and in the popular perception of the European past. Much has been written to explain the triumph of this historiographical scenario: the clarity and coherence of Burckhardt’s analysis; its dramatic features (sharp divisions, revolutionary change); and its broad and comprehensive vision.

My essay on witchcraft and magic in the Renaissance attempts to stimulate rethinking on the subject by turning traditional approaches to the subject on their head reversals of the established order being a noble Renaissance tradition. I have tried in this essay to take seriously the way witchcraft and magic were practiced in everyday culture - treating them not as simplistic fallacies of the uneducated but as complex ways of understanding the world - and in the process to show how deeply intertwined with and necessary they were to the everyday life of the age.

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