Introduction to the Third Edition: Edward Chaney.
Preface to the First Edition.
1. The Beginnings of Interest: mid-Sixteenth to mid-Seventeenth Centuries.
2. From Description to Speculation: mid-Seventeenth to Late Eighteenth centuries.
3. Taste for Italian Paintings: I Sixteenth to Late Eighteenth Centuries.
4. The Medici and William Roscoe: Late Eighteenth to Early Nineteenth Centuries.
5. Taste for Italian Paintings: II Late Eighteenth to Early Nineteenth Centuries.
6. Prejudice and the Term Renaissance: Early to mid-Nineteenth Century.
7. Taste for Italian Paintings: III Early Nineteenth Century to Ruskin.
8. John Addington Symonds.
- Fourth edition of Sir John Hale’s classic history of England and the Italian Renaissance, first published in 1954.
- The book’s focus on fundamental issues and basis in little-read primary sources ensures that it endures as an important contribution to historical scholarship
- Clear, chronological narrative, beautifully written.
- Provides essential understanding of the period, illuminating both British and Italian cultural history.
- The fourth edition includes a new introduction by Edward Chaney who is an expert on Anglo-Italian cultural relations.
- Chaney surveys the scholarship of the last 50 years and supplies an up-to-date bibliography