Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo: The Transformation of Western Civilization by Paul Strathern -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Can you believe July is coming to an end? This month flew by in a blur of work for me. August will be the same and, poof! There goes summer. Although, I will confess that I am not a hot weather person anyway. So if I have to go through a busy patch at the office, unlike many people, I prefer it to be in the summer because I hide here in the air conditioning. 

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From The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo: The Transformation of Western Civilization by Paul Strathern:

Between the birth of Dante in 1265 and the death of Galileo in 1642, something happened which would transform the entire culture of western civilization.

That is a bold assertion! In this new history of Florence, the cultural capital of Italy, Strathern explores how the ideas expressed in the art and architecture of the city led to the emergence of humanism as the driving philosophy of the Western world. 

The Florentines came out this month from Pegasus Books. It is a masterful examination of the history of Florence.  


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From The Florentines:

Meanwhile, Florence embarked upon a costly and foolhardy attempt to conquer the neighboring small city-state of Lucca, which occupied the north-west corner of Tuscany and thus posed a potential, if unlikely, threat to Florence is trade route to the coast. The cost of this war, in the form of a steep rise in taxes, quickly led to a widespread and serious discontent among the people.

Any history of Europe that covers 400 years is going to have parts about wars and economics, as well as art and architecture. But with 400 years to cover in roughly 350 pages, Strathern never gets bogged down on a battlefield.  


  1. Looks good. Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. 400 years in 350 pages! A concise history then?

  3. I'm also not a big fan of summer, I'd rather be a little chilly than boiling xD The Florentines also sounds like exactly my kind of book! Although I prefer the Middle Ages on their own, I'm fascinated by the shift into the Renaissance. Thanks for sharing and hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. This sounds fascinating. I'm going to look more closely into this book. Mine is from their neighbors, the French! (#14 above)

  5. The Florentines sounds absolutely fascinating! I don't read nearly enough historical non-fiction.
    Cora |

  6. We are right in the middle of winter here in SA and I really can't say I'm a fan. I love summer and the sunshine and everything that comes along with it.

    Your book on Florence sounds really interesting!

    Have a good weekend Gilion.

    Elza Reads

  7. Sounds fascinating!! Happy weekend!

  8. Sounds like an interesting read! I hope you enjoy it!

  9. I'd keep reading - this is the kind of history book that usually catches my eye.


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