Tag: Renaissance

Giovanni Bruno-  Heretic or Scientist

Born Filippo Bruno in Nola in the Kingdom of Naples in 1548.  A precocious student, Bruno eventually found himself in the regional capital as a Dominican friar.  The Dominicans had the best university, but were very orthodox and unimaginative.  This did not sit well with Bruno, who was a very innovative thinker as well as […]

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Christina of Sweden

All the signs pointed to a son, and a son was what was needed.  Gustav II Adolf and Maria Eleonora of Brandonburg had already had two daughters, a stillborn girl in 1620 and then the first princess Christina, who was born in 1623 and died the next year.  Sweden needed a son.  The queen went […]

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Tycho Brahe- Death by Manners

He was born Tyge Ottesen Brahe on December 14, 1546 in Skane, Denmark, now Sweden, to parents from the Danish nobility. When he was two, his uncle, Jørgen Thygesen Brahe, took him from his parents and raised him to adulthood. Brahe later wrote “without the knowledge of my parents [he] took me away with him […]

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Michelangelo and de’ Medici

Born to a family of minor nobility in Florence, Italy in 1475, Michelangelo Buonarroti became one of the world’s most famous artists. However, his path to artistic greatness was not smooth. His father sent him to study with an eminent Humanist, but Michelangelo copied the paintings on the walls of the church instead. At 13, […]

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