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Great Ideas of the Renaissance
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Gr 4-7-These books are visually attractive with numerous color illustrations, art reproductions, and photos. They contain time lines (highly condensed), short bibliographies, indexes (limited to broad terms), and glossaries (inadequate and often more confusing than helpful). Regrettably, the information provided is rudimentary and frequently incomplete. There are a number of typos and errors, and the writing tends to be awkward and passive. The lack of maps is a serious detriment. The authors also assume familiarity with basic European history and Christianity. Andrew Langley's Da Vinci and His Times (DK, 2006), an "Eyewitness" book packed with detail, covers the entire era (despite its misleading title). Kathryn Hinds's The Church, part of the "Life in the Renaissance" series (Marshall Cavendish, 2003), does a better job with religious history and is more comprehensive than Flatt's book.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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