The Renaissance was an Italian affair at first - largely because it was th Italian cities which recovered earliest from the demographic and economic collapse of the Middle Ages. The Northern Italian cities of Milan, Venice, and Florence were already challenging the authority of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) and refusing to pay him taxes. The 1300's saw changes in both literature and art as Italian scholars, writers, and then artists became aware of the great gulf between themselves and the ancient world and consciously set out to recover the wisdom and skills of the ancient world. The rallying cry of the Renaissance was "ad fontes" - back to the sources.
The Reformation is easier to date. Martin Luther tacked up his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. By 1521 he had been excommunicated, tried before the Emperor, and kidnapped by his own protector, the elector of Saxony.
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