The Renaissance

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The Renaissance
The Renaissance period of World History lasted from the middle of the 14th and 15th century. It was a period in which Europe recovered from the devastation of the Black Death and the resulting political and economic turmoil.

The Renaissance developed in the Italian City states. The major one, Milan, Venice and Florence had become wealthy as trading centers. The Italian City had become centers for trading with the Byzantine, Islamic Empires and the Far East. The wealth of the Italian states allowed them to become patrons of the art and culture. Thus the period is known for the revival of culture. The most well known artists of the period were Michelangelo and Leonardo De Vanci. The Renaissance came to an end when the rising powers of the monarchs in the rest of Europe led them to become involved in Italian affairs. Soon Italy became the battleground between competing European states. In 1527 Spanish soldiers who had not been paid for months captured and then savagely sacking the city, thus effectively ending the Renaissance.