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The Renaissance: why do ideas spread?: Home

The Renaissance period brought many new ideas and inventions to the world.

What does the Renaissance mean?

Mr Dowling's Simple Guide

Mr Dowling gives a great overview of the Renaissance period in easy to read language.

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Books in the Library

Inventions during the Renaissance

The Rise of Renaissance Art and Artists

The Renaissance period brought with it many important changes in the social and cultural position of the artist. Over the course of the period there is a steady rise in the status of the painter, sculptor, and architect and a growing sympathy expressed for the visual arts. Click here to explore.

Useful websites


Inventions during the Renaissance:

Inventions during the Renaissance:

Timeline of the Renaissance period:

BBC - History - British History in depth: The Myth of the Renaissance in Europe:

British Museum - Renaissance Europe:

Early Modern Europe - Renaissance:

Exhibits Collection -- Renaissance:

History of the Renaissance in Europe: A rebirth, renewal, rediscovery:

Internet Modern History Sourcebook:

Renaissance Science

Discovery Education


This program focuses on the later developments of the Renaissance. This program presents the impact of the enormous changes that took place in science, invention, architecture, exploration and religious reform during this pivotal era of world history.

Exploring the Renaissance