April 2, 2016
“… by the side of the church, which had hitherto held the countries of the west together, there arose a new spiritual influence, a spiritual movement, which, spreading itself abroad from Italy, became the breadth of life for all the more instructed minds in Europe… the Renaissance is not a fragmentary imitation or compilation of antiquity, but a new birth, and the signs of this are visible in the poems of the unknown clericus of the 12th century… there was thus a new cause in the world and a new class of men to maintain it.”
~ “The civilization of the Renaissance in Italy”, Jacob Burckhardt.
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