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By White Arthur

Plague and Pleasure is a full of life renowned background that introduces a brand new speculation concerning the impetus at the back of the cultural swap in Renaissance Italy. The Renaissance coincided with a interval of persistent, always habitual plague, unremitting war and pervasive lack of confidence. accordingly, humans felt a necessity for psychological get away to replacement, idealized realities, far-off in time or house from the unendurable current yet made vibrant to the mind's eye via literature, artwork, and spectacle.

Pope Pius II skilled either plague and warfare in the course of his reign and he exhibited many escapist behaviors commonplace of his interval: the construction of his "Shangri-La" at Pienza, his consistent sight-seeing travels, his ardour for traditional surroundings or Roman is still, his public spectacles, and the humanism that immersed him in an idealized Roman previous. This see-saw mentality of the interval may well plunge humans into depression while dealing with harsh realities after which propel them into ecstasies of make-believe to counter their despair.

Plague and Pleasure makes use of the lifestyles and instances of Pope Pius II because the framework for offering a view of the Renaissance that the general public can comprehend and enjoy and which can no less than slender the distance among the previous identified to students and that identified to the general public they eventually serve.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Arthur White is adjunct professor of heritage on the collage of Louisiana, Lafayette.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

"Dr White's booklet hit me similar to a kick less than my table. he is acknowledged anything clean and new on a topic i did not think there has been something clean and new left to claim. And he is performed it by means of telling the tale of a unmarried fifteenth-century guy, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini. As a tender guy Aeneas uncommon himself together with his love of intercourse and rock 'n' roll (or, not less than, erotic poetry) and along with his precise reward for place of work politics and insults (he calls Venetians "companions of fish"). As an outdated guy he exceptional himself by way of being elected pope and naming himself Pius II. Dr. White's concept is to exploit Aeneas's existence as a lens at the interval. This seems to be a stunning notion, and he executes it with startling effect." --from the foreword by way of Michael Lewis, writer of Moneyball

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