What Can We Say About the Condition of the Catholic Church on the Eve of the Protestant Reformation?

The Protestant Reformation was one of the most important moments in western history, and probably by far the most changing moments in the history of Christianity. But what can we say about the condition of the Catholic Church right before or on the eve of the Protestant Reformation. There is not a whole lot to … More What Can We Say About the Condition of the Catholic Church on the Eve of the Protestant Reformation?

How Were the Ideas of Marsilius of Padua Evident in Louis of Bavaria’s Conflict with Pope John XXII

In 1314 during the Holy Roman Empire, something unusual happened. Instead of one king being elected, two kings were elected: Louis of Bavaria and Frederick of Austria. This was a disaster waiting to happen, things usually do not go well in situations like above. Even though these two were identified as emperors by everyone else … More How Were the Ideas of Marsilius of Padua Evident in Louis of Bavaria’s Conflict with Pope John XXII

Some of the Significant Aspects of the Reign of Louis XI

Louis XI(1423-1483) of France ruled from 1461 until his death in 1483. He was a pretty committed king, and overall was successful during his reign when it came to obtaining his goals. Like every other king his reign was not perfect, and he had to deal with issues that jeopardized his reign. With that being … More Some of the Significant Aspects of the Reign of Louis XI

What Were Some of the Problems Associated With the Renaissance Papacy

The Renaissance like many people say was a time of change, or a time of development. One of the things that was changing during the Renaissance was the Church, or the Papacy in particular. Some of these changes were positive, and others were very negative bringing forth problems and conflict. There were issues associated with … More What Were Some of the Problems Associated With the Renaissance Papacy

Three Key Artists From the High Renaissance

When you think of the High Renaissance or the Renaissance in general when it comes to artists, most likely you think of these three figures: Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. But who were these artists exactly? What were the major works of art from each, which they are still remembered for today?  Raphael Raphael(1483-1520), … More Three Key Artists From the High Renaissance

What are Some of the Qualities and Strategies that Machiavelli Recommended to Political Leaders? How Does this Represent a Break With the Past?

Machiavelli was a political philosopher during the period known as the Renaissance. He wrote a book called, The Prince, which is all about the qualities and strategies that he himself recommended to political leaders. But what were some of these qualities and strategies; and how do they represent a break with the past? The Qualities … More What are Some of the Qualities and Strategies that Machiavelli Recommended to Political Leaders? How Does this Represent a Break With the Past?

In What Ways Does Petrarch Embody the Spirit of the Renaissance

Petrarch(1304-1374), was a very well known person during the Renaissance; he was a scholar, poet, and was also one of the earliest humanist’s. Through what scholars and historians have gathered about him, it is pretty clear that Petrarch embodies the spirit of the Renaissance. So in what ways did he embody the spirit of the … More In What Ways Does Petrarch Embody the Spirit of the Renaissance