M4 Discussion 2: Famous People of the Renaissance: Whom do you want to know bett

M4 Discussion 2: Famous People of the Renaissance: Whom do you want to know better?
The new day and rebirth of learning that came with the Renaissance introduced a new generation of creative thought leaders and ground breakers. With the advent of new sources of learning recovered from the classical past; with the advantage of wide distribution of books and growing centers of learning in the universities in England, France, Germany, Italy, Bohemia and elsewhere; individuals of learning and standing exercised influence in an ever widening and significant manner. Their contributions and influence impacted all sectors of the culture in Western Europe and beyond. Key figures such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Thomas Moore, Galileo, Bacon, Martin Luther, Erasmus, Shakespeare and other leading lights made their mark on their own time and profoundly shaped the direction of the arts, science, literature, religion, philosophy and politics far into the future.
Select a Renaissance figure from the accompanying list that made a significant contribution in some way. Describe why this is the case and give three examples of how the contribution made reflects the humanist ethos and spirit of the Renaissance period. Use the resources provided along with others to substantiate your argument.
1. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519)
2. Michelangelo (1475 – 1564)
Political Thinkers
3. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527)
4. Thomas Moore (1478 – 1535)
5. Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)
6. Galileo (1564 – 1642)
Theologians and Philosophers
7. Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)
8. Erasmus (1466 – 1536)
Poet/ Playwright
9. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan “Famous people of the Renaissance”, Oxford, , 6th June 2014. Updated 1st March 2018.
Please Note: Each discussion response must have a minimum of 125 words, spell checked, well written and citing references in support of arguments. Be sure to also respond to at least two classmates later in the week (making for a minimum of three posts total. More are encouraged)

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