Discuss the class of the population who were not affected by the Renaissance
Identify the notable figures of throughout Europe who emerged at this time
POLITICAL CHANGE Introduce to students that it was during this period that a Florentine statesman named Niccolo Machiavelli became an important diplomat and leader for the city. He drew on his political experience to write a number of books, his most famous being The Prince. In it, he offers a frank, and some say cynical, view of government.
See earlier activity Handout H11
Pick several different paragraphs that highlight what Machiavelli is after, and assign small groups to look at different ones. Give students a few guiding questions for discussion, and then ask them to report the ideas they encounter to the class. As a whole group, begin by discussing the ideas in terms of today. Find it at the site below.
Have students compare modern day innovations such as computers, internet, cell phones, and ipads. How does this change global access to information?
What are the advantages of moving the written word more rapidly? Disadvantages?
Music Introduce students to the changes in musical style.
The most notable musical genre to emerge was the madrigal. Although the madrigal had first emerged in the 14th century as a short poem for two voices set to music, it came bask in the 16th in a freer form with four to five voices. Renaissance musicians also invented new instruments, including the harpsichord and the violin.