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Write this definition above your
HumanismA system of thought that rejects
religious beliefs and centers on humans
and their values, capacities, and worth
World History, Unit: 05 Lesson: 01
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Everything you see from this point on
pertains to your T-chart.
◦ What is in GREEN will go on the left and
what is in BLUE will go on the right.
◦ Then draw a line underneath each
person/info to make divisions
Desiderius Erasmus
was from the
Netherlands. His most
famous work was In
Praise of Folly. He
used his book to
expose the
inappropriate behavior
of people including the
clergy. He translated
the Bible to Latin from
Greek manuscripts
showing many errors in
the Bible that was being
used at that time.
Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of
Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster.
By Hans Holbein the Younger
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Sir Thomas More was
English. He wrote Utopia
in which he criticized the
society of his day by
describing an ideal,
imaginary community.
More was Lord Chancellor
in the court of King Henry
VIII. When the king
divorced his wife and
remarried, More refused to
give his approval to the
marriage. The King
accused More of treason,
and he was killed. At his
execution More said "The
King's good servant, but
God's First."
The Right Honorable Sir
Thomas More. By Hans
Holbein the Younger
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Miguel de Cervantes
Saavedra was a
Spanish novelist, poet,
and playwright. His
most famous work,
Don Quixote, is
considered to have
been the first modern
European novel. The
novel follows the
adventures of Don
Quixote, a foolish but
idealistic knight, and
his faithful servant,
Sancho Panza.
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Petrarch was an Italian
scholar and poet. He is
often called the "Father
of Humanism". He
traveled widely in
Europe and collected
Latin manuscripts. He
was important in the
recovery of works by
writers of ancient Rome
and Greece. His most
famous work was a
collection of poems that
he wrote in Italian to a
woman named Laura.
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William Shakespeare
was an English poet and
playwright. He wrote
comedies, tragedies and
historical plays.
More than 1,700 words
appeared for the first
time in the English
language in
Shakespeare's works.
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Giovanni Boccaccio
wrote the Decameron,
a collection of stories
told by a group of
people living in the
countryside during the
Black Death. The
stories were a
departure from
Medieval literature
which was centered
on the teachings of
the Church. The
stories in the
Decameron were
centered on the varied
experiences of real
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Niccolo Machiavelli
was an Italian
diplomat. He wrote
The Prince. It was a
handbook for rulers on
how to gain and hold
power. It was
Machiavelli who
argued that the end
justifies the means.
Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli
by Santi di Tito
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The Humanists
Who were they?
What impact did they have
on the Renaissance?
Is their work relevant today?
World History, Unit: 05 Lesson: 01
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