Marco Polo and the Silk Road
The reopening of the Silk Road help spark the Renaissance by connecting Eastern Europe and Asia by trade. In the text, it states, “ As their curiosity grew, people began demand goods from Asia. Trade between Asia and Europe increased” (Holt 300). Among these traders was a guy called Marco Polo. Marco Polo brought back paper money back from China to Europe from one of his journeys. Marco had a writer record his journeys. At first, the people didn't believe him, but the they soon got curious about Asia and started to demand goods from them.
Italian Trade Cites (Florence)
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant man who could do just anything. Although he was famous for many things, he loved engineering. Leonardo was famous for his "mirror writing" skill. Since he's a left-hand, he writes from right to left. Leonardo invented many things such as Warefare, Flying Machines, designs, etc. Even though he drew and drew, his designs were too costly to make. Therefore, although he didn't build them, his designs were very popular and famous.
The moveable printing press, helped impact the people to stop copying/drawing everything by hand instead of just doing it once and reprinting the letters. In the old days, they would skin animals to write the letters. They would wait for days and for it to dry. Johann Gutenberg discovered the moveable printing press that makes it faster to have copies of papers.
Renaissance Writing (William Shakespeare)
William Shakespeare's writing reflect the ideas of humanism by the poems and plays. He also invented many common phrases and words such as "fair play" and "lonely". In the text it states, "Shakespeare was such an important writer that he even influenced the English language. In fact, Shakespeare is probably responsible for more than 2,000 English words"(Holt 317). The citation explains that Shakespeare influenced the English language so much that he even created words. William Shakespeare's writing attracted so many people because he wrote many comedies, tragedies, and histories and comparing the people you the actors. In the text it's states, "Ever since, people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and his understanding of humanity"(Holt 316). The citation states that the stories that he wrote were so understanding about us that people loved it so much. Therefore, William Shakespeare's writing and plays affect the ideas of humanism and people by comparing them to the actors of the plays.
"HELL IS EMPTY AND ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE."-from THE TEMPEST-William Shakespeare