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The Renaissance : an encyclopedia for students

An encyclopedia of the Renaissance with articles on various aspects of social, cultural, and political history such as literature, government, warfare, and technology, plus maps, charts, definitions, and chronology.

Corporate Author: Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Other Authors: Grendler, Paul F.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004
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Review by Choice Review

Scribner has followed its successful Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. by Grendler (6v., CH, Jun'00), with his encyclopedia intended for students. A handsome example of bookmaking, the set's front matter includes a table of contents, preface, and time line; four volumes of articles accompanied by explanatory notes for key terms; fine illustrations, including portfolios of color plates; and in most volumes, maps and genealogical charts. The style is accessible, not condescending. For the most part, articles focus on the West, but Byzantine, Islamic, and Turkish topics are addressed. Articles range from "Accounting" to "Wars of Religion," including both high culture and daily life. Editorial choices in such a large project are likely to omit pet interests of readers or reviewers. Treatment of Spanish debates over policy in "the Indies" (the New World) is inadequate; only Bartolome de las Casas receives separate treatment, with other personalities consigned to the article on Spain. Apart from omissions, Grendler's encyclopedia provides wide-ranging coverage of an important period at a level appropriate to undergraduates and high school students. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Undergraduate collections. T. M. Izbicki Johns Hopkins University

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Review by Booklist Review

For those libraries that purchased the critically acclaimed Encyclopedia of the Renaissance 0 (Scribner, 1999) but found that the students were intimidated by the scholarly multivolume set, here is a rewritten and condensed version for the middle- to high-school audience. This version, like the original, is edited by Grendler and published in association with the Renaissance Society of America. Comparisons between the two sets are inevitable, with the scaled-down version having about 460 entries in 4 volumes as opposed to the original set having more than 1,700 in 6 volumes. The student set has 60 color plates, and the original set has 48 plates. The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students0 has a straightforward, alphabetical subject organization. The entries cover people, places, events, concepts, works of art and literature, and scientific achievements from around 1350 to 1620. Examples of people who are covered are Fra Angelico, Francis Bacon, Hernan Cortes, Henry VIII, Martin Luther, Teresa of Avila, and William Shakespeare. Other entries cover Art in Italy, Books and Manuscripts, Childhood, Clothing, Humanism, Peasants' War, Science, Venice0 , and Witchcraft,0 to cite just a few. Cross-references are included at the end of each article, and length ranges from one paragraph to two pages at the longest. A comprehensive index at the end of each of the four volumes references both entries in the specific volume and the whole set. A six-page collection of suggested resources includes Web sites. Among the special features are short definitions in the margins of words that might be difficult for the intended audience, a time line of major events, and a genealogy of ruling European families. Illustrations throughout the set and four sets of thematic color plates add to the set's appeal. The color plates relate to the themes of "Art and Architecture," "Daily Life," "The Renaissance City," and "New Frontiers." Grolier's Renaissance0 (2002) has approximately half the number of entries, uses color throughout, and is designed for a slightly younger group (grades 5 through 10). The Scribner set is an excellent adaptation from the original for a new audience. It is recommended for school and public libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Based on the Dartmouth Medal-winning Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (2000) and like that work published in association with the Renaissance Society of America, this illustrated set is designed for high school students. The text focuses on the Renaissance-era topics covered in most school curricula, with an emphasis on the humanities, social sciences, and sciences of the period. The reference provides in-depth data on all aspects of the European Renaissance, from 1350 to 1620, with 465 alphabetically arranged entries ranging from absolutism to Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli and covering many important themes (e.g., women's roles, health and medicine, politics, technology), events (e.g., the bubonic plague), ideas (e.g., humanism), and individuals (e.g., Michelangelo, Machiavelli). Readers will also find a comprehensive index, a useful bibliography with age-appropriate reading sources, cross references at the end of articles, and stunning color plates illuminating the daily life and artistic achievements of the time. In addition, lively sidebars supplement the text with interesting facts, important terms are given easy-to-understand definitions in the margins, and maps, charts, and time lines extend the reference value of this work. Although expensive, this reference is a good addition to both school and public libraries and will serve not only the targeted audience but college students, scholars, and the general public.-Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This accessible, well-organized work is based on the Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (Scribners, 2000). The 465 alphabetically arranged entries, covering the years 1350-1620, include a broad spectrum of topics on concepts; individuals; movements; and discoveries in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Social history is also an emphasis and students will find information on censorship, religion, clothing, childhood, popular culture, love and marriage, and the role of women. The Protestant and Catholic Reformations are not a major focus. Reformation topics are considered in relation to their impact on the period. Numerous see-also references are included. Throughout the set, definitions of unfamiliar words, sidebars, and occasional pictures appear in the wide margins. Other illustrative matter consists of full- and half-page black-and-white photos, reproductions, time lines, and maps. Each volume also includes an eight-page glossy inset of photos and reproductions. The pleasing layout features entry words highlighted in blocks of gold tones and a decorative border that runs across the top of each page. Researchers should find their needs more than satisfied by this appealing and student-friendly resource.-Madeleine G. Wright, New Hampton School, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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