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Title: The Northern Renaissance


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The Northern Renaissance
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How is the Northern Renaissance Different from
the Italian Renaissance?
  • Began after the Italian Renaissance when big
    cities appeared in the North
  • Focused more on the spread of literature and
    ideas
  • People were more centered on humanism in the North

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Important People
  • Gutenberg invented the printing press
  • Erasmus humanist tried to blend Christianity
    with Renaissance ideas, but unintentionally
    convinced people to rebel against the Catholic
    Church
  • Thomas More wrote book called Utopia about the
    ideal society
  • William Shakespeare very famous poet and
    playwright, created realistic characters with
    complex lives

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Where and Why did it Begin?
  • Began in Germany because it was the center of
    trade in Northern Europe
  • Italian traders spread art and ideas throughout
    major German trading cities
  • Northern Renaissance spread because of the
    printing press

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The Printing Press
  • Letters were carved into wooden blocks, then the
    blocks were arranged to form words
  • Ink was placed on the blocks and then pressed
    onto paper
  • This made book production much easier and faster
  • Before the printing press, people had to hand
    write books
  • Books became cheap
  • More people learned to read, especially the Bible

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Thomas More and Utopia
  • More wrote Utopia to compare life in Europe with
    that in an ideal society
  • Wrote that European governments were corrupt
  • Argued that owning land caused unneeded conflict
    between people
  • In Utopia all male citizens were equal
  • Everyone worked to support the society
  • Utopia now means an ideal place or society

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William Shakespeare
  • Famous playwright, one of the most influential of
    his time
  • Wrote Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and
    other such plays
  • His plays were incredibly popular with both rich
    and poor
  • Most modern writers cant match his writing
    ability

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Art in the Northern Renaissance
  • People were portrayed more realistically than
    they were in Italy
  • Subjects in art had flaws
  • More engravings were used
  • More portraits of everyday people were made

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