What are the best books about the Renaissance period?

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    #1The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir is a biographical novel originally published in 1998. This book tells the private life of the beloved royalty of England - Queen Elizabeth I and her powerful reign over her people.

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    Samantha Sullivan
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Elizabeth I was a very private person, yet this book was able to explore many different aspects of the queen's life. Her loves, ambitions, sorrows, concerns. This book reveals more about this very powerful queen, illustrating her impacts and influences as queen, but also revealing the type of person she was in private. A thoroughly enjoyable book."
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    #2Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

    Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

    Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King is a non-fiction biographical novel first published in 2000. This book was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

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    Charles Rios
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "This app is for history Buffs that wants to learn about books"
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    #3The Italian Renaissance

    The Italian Renaissance
    The Italian Renaissance by John H. Plumb is a historical non-fiction novel originally published in 1961. This book examines the great time period of the Italian Renaissance in the fields of science and art.
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    Benjamin Riley
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A good, general overview of the period, hampered by its failure to provide a foundation for those new to the subject. Also, it fails to look into the more obscure and esoteric corners of the period, though this is forgivable in a book with such a wide scope."
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    #4Utopia

    Utopia

    Utopia by Thomas More is a philosophical satire originally published in 1516. This book explores a fictional island and its government and religious customs. It was first released in Latin and later on translated into different languages.

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    Craig Kim
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Utopia is not an exciting read, but it does date back into the Renaissance period and how life was and should be before political parties were added into society. This book explains both sides of the political spectrum in the past. "
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    #5The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey is a mystery detective novel originally published in 1951. This book follows the alleged crimes done by King Richard III of England in a modern police investigation setting.

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    Harold Guerrero
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This novel is gripping and engrossing with its intriguing characters, enigmatic plot, and sublime descriptions of the atmosphere and settings. The main character, Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, has recently broken his leg and is having trouble spending his free time recovering. With his mind free to wander, he quickly becomes fascinated with the murder case of King Richard III and from the story unravels."
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    #6The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.
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    Arnav Tata
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Prince is a classic tale of kingdom vs man. The environment painted throughout the story was very classical and I was intrigued by the nature of how the events unfolded. Solid read from Mr. Machiavelli. "
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    #7The Lives of the Artists

    The Lives of the Artists

    The Lives of Artists is a book written by Giorgi Vasari, translated from the original Italian by Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella. It chronicles the lives of thirty-six men who greatly influenced the Renaissance art movement.

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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This book is very interesting and informative detailing the lives of thirty six mes who influenced the Renaissance art movement. This book gives insight of how life was during that period of time. "
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    #8The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern is a multi-award-winning book by Stephen Greenblatt. It tells the story of the discovery of a manuscript by Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, and how it greatly affected Renaissance thinkers.
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    Diana Castillo
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Decent enough book, very informative."
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    #9Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots
    Mary Queen of Scots is a book by Marie Antoinette that tells the story of a queen who have been betrayed by the people she trusted the most. She will be on a journey to claim what is supposed to be hers.
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    Matthew Graham
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I didn't know much about Scottish history before reading this, but it laid things out in a way that was easy to understand. It really explained the background and made me interested in what happened next; it read like a novel."
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    #10Will in the World

    Will in the World

    Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare is written by Stephen Greenblatt as an account of Shakespeare's life. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2005 by W.W. Norton.

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    Marilyn Cooper
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I'd always been kind of fascinated with Shakespeare and the events in his life that lead up to him being a literary master, so I didn't hesitate to purchase Will in the World. I couldn't recommend this book more. I enjoyed how the book discussed the religious, political and cultural issues of his time and that he makes it clear that some parts are only his understand of what happen at that time."
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    #11The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir brings the six queens of Henry VIII to life, based on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports.
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    Liliana Valadez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Renaissance era is endlessly fascinating to me, so when this came up in my recommendations I bought it without hesitation. I'm glad I did, it's surprisingly deep and thorough."
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    #12Shakespeare After All

    Shakespeare After All

    Shakespeare After All is written by Marjorie Garber on all thirty-eight plays of William Shakespeare with bibliographies about the playwright as well as vocabulary guide. This is published in 2005 by Anchor Books.

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    Kevin Johnston
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Shakespeare After All is a handy book to have if you are interested or are studying Shakespeare. It contains a lot of valuable information about the bard and his writings. A must have for a student of Shakespeare."
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    #13Shakespeare: The Biography

    Shakespeare: The Biography

    Shakespeare: The Biography is written by Peter Ackroyd as an account of William Shakespeare's life. With over 600 pages, this biography on the playwright is published in 2006 by Anchor.
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    Roy Hansen
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This biography of Shakespeare offers an in-depth look into his life and also the period in which he lived. It isn't necessarily about the Renaissance period, but rather describes Shakespeare's life and influences brought on by the prosperous period."
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    #14Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? is written by James Shapiro as an examination on the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Simon & Schuster.

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    Carl Porter
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Shakespeare is the corner stone of the renaissance period and for anyone looking to learn about it, Contested Will:Who Wrote Shakespeare is a good look into his plays and his legacy."
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    #15Shakespeare

    Shakespeare
    Shakespeare is written by Michael Wood as an account of William Shakespeare's life and works. With over 300 pages, this biography included both colored and black-and-white illustrations. This is published in 2004 by Basic Books.
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    Eduardo Piña
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This was a very interesting book. It gave me an insight into how Shakepeare's life may have been."
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    #16Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide

    Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide

    Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide is written by John Barton with Luann Walther as the editor. This is a guide for actors in enacting Shakespeare's plays. First published in 1984, this book is republished in 2001 by Anchor.

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    Terry Woods
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Shakespeare is the greatest of all times. He has always been my favourite and this takes you exactly to the magical masterpieces that made all the universe turn around. It is such a good manual."
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    #17Shakespeare: For All Time

    Shakespeare: For All Time
    Shakespeare: For All Time is written by Stanley Wells as an account of William Shakespeare's life. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA.
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    Laura Rios
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I like that this book depicts the life of William Shakespeare. It is a great read for anyone."
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    #18Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    Shakespeare: The World as Stage is written by Bill Bryson as part of his Eminent Lives series. This biography is as an account of William Shakespeare's life. This book is published in 2007 by HarperCollins Publishing.

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    Justin Lopez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "If you want a book that takes place in the Renaissance period, Shakespeare: The world as Stage is for you. It will make you feel like you are part of that era."
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    #19A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599
    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 is written by Stephen Greenblatt as an account of Shakespeare's life. Julius Caesar and Hamlet are among Shakespeare's works. This biography is published in 2006 by Harper Perennial.
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    Harry Walker
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This book covers the most prolific year of the bard's life. He wrote 4 plays. Find out what was going on as he was transformed from a poet to one of the greatest writers in history. "
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    #20Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

    Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
    Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is written by Harold Bloom as an account of Shakespeare's writing and influence. This book is published in 1999 by Berkley Publishing Group.
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    Olivia Hernandez
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Good biography and summary of Shakespeare's influence."

Summary

Best What are the best books about the Renaissance period
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Life of Elizabeth IBooks 32 Paid
2Michelangelo and the Pope's CeilingBooks 28 Paid
3The Italian RenaissanceBooks 27 Paid
4UtopiaBooks 26 Paid
5The Daughter of TimeBooks 23 Paid
6The PrinceBooks 22 Paid
7The Lives of the ArtistsBooks 20 Paid
8The Swerve: How the World Became ModernBooks 19 Paid
9Mary Queen of ScotsBooks 14 Paid
10Will in the WorldBooks 9 Paid
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