Renaissance and enlightenment



1100 - 1300

When we think of a troubadour what usually comes to mind is a lovestruck fellow serenading his sweetheart and hoping she'll appear on the balcony

Dante Alighieri

1265 - 1321

Poet,writer and political thinker also was a medieval Italian poet.

Geoffery Chaucer

1342 - 1400

English poet remembered as author of the Canterbury tales


1400 - 1650

The doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare

Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

Italian navigator who discovered the new world in the service of Spain while looking for a new route to China


1469 - 1527

A statesmen Florence who advocate central government

Lorenzo de Medici

1478 - 1492

Italian statesman and scholar who supported many artists and humanists including Michelangelo I Leonardo and Botticelli


1483 - 1520

His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Miguel de Cervantes

1547 - 1616

Spanish writer best remembered for don Quixote which satirizes chivalry and influenced the development of the novel form

William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

English poet and dramatist considered one of the greatest English writers.he famous for some of the following like Romeo and Juliet,Mac Beth and others

John locke

1632 - 1704

According to this author " Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. "