Soon to arrive here - a discussion of volume V of Durant's history of the Renaissance in Italy. {Actually there was no Italy; only city-states}

The following topics will be available for discussion in the Forum: Major Books in the Volume.

I. Prelude: Petrarch and Boccaccio 1304-1375 and the Popes in Avignon 1309 -1377

II. The Florentine Renaissance 1378-1534

II. Italian Pageant 1378 - 1534

III. Roman Renaissance - 1378 -1521

IV. Debacle

VI. Finale 1534 - 1576

The Black Death was from 1346 -1353.  Important cities: Florence and Padua