MACHIAVELLI & CHRISTINE DE PIZAN.
Examines major works & ideas of two humanistic writers of the Renaissance. Politics, human nature, society, evil, virtue, courtly love, feminism.
Humanism and the Renaissance involved similar revivals of classical learning, an elevation of the individual, and a belief in the... more
Humanism and the Renaissance involved similar revivals of classical learning, an elevation of the individual, and a belief in the worth of human thought over authority, whether the latter be the authority of a political body or a church. The essence of humanism is found in the works produced during the Renaissance by writers, artists, and sculptors as they structured their works with humanistic values in mind. At the same time, these ideas began at the end of the Medieval period as Italy was moving into the Renaissance, and many of these aspects of the humanist spirit are apparent in the writings of Machiavelli and those of Christine de Pizan (also spelled Pisan). Machiavelli suggested the supremacy of the leader, the Prince, and differentiated politics based on secular outcomes from those based on