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any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate
Council of Ten
wealthiest merchants who had the real power; they passed laws, elected the doge, and even had to be consulted when the doge's son wanted to marry
a short prose composition written to express clearly the personal view of a writer on a subject
manual that was written by Baldassare Castiglione that gave advice to men and women on the Renaissance ideal of good behavior
a book that realistically analyzed the politics of Renaissance Italy; written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Sonnet written by Giovanni Boccaccio that described young people who tell stores to divert their attention from the plague's horrors
"Pantagruel and Gargantua"
Francois Rabelais's most famous work; adventures of two giants (father and son) who revel in all known pleasures of the world
"Praise of Folly"
written by Erasmus; used biting humor to make people take a more critical view of society; attacked the wealth of Renaissance popes; described these popes, claiming that they were so corrupt they no longer practiced Christianity
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