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Plague and Pleasure: The Renaissance World of Pius II
by Arthur White
Catholic University of America Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-8132-2682-8 | Paper: 978-0-8132-2681-1
Library of Congress Classification BX1308.W45 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 282.092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Plague and Pleasure is a lively popular history that introduces a new hypothesis about the impetus behind the cultural change in Renaissance Italy. The Renaissance coincided with a period of chronic, constantly recurring plague, unremitting warfare and pervasive insecurity. Consequently, people felt a need for mental escape to alternative, idealized realities, distant in time or space from the unendurable present but made vivid to the imagination through literature, art, and spectacle.

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