5 – French Renaissance

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The French term Renaissance (re-birth) was first applied to this period by Jules Michelet in his Histoire de France in 1855, which is after it was completed.

It is said to have run from the 16th century, starting effectively in 1494 when Charles VIII of France invaded Italy and to have run until 1610 and the death of Henry IV of France.

This assumption does ignore the earlier effects brought about by the court of Burgundy (mentioned earlier) and the presence of the Popes in Avignon. So some authorities do expand the period to include these two impacts.

Most historians assume that the Renaissance came to France later than Italy because of its focus on the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death.

Forward to Louis XI, a precursor – Back to Charles VII
Back to 1789 and all that!
© Bob Denton 2014