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2.6 Consequences of the Renaissance

The Renaissance led to significant results. It brought about a transition from the medieval to the modern age. This period witnessed the end of the old and reactionary medieval spirit, and the beginning of the new spirit of science, reason and experimentation. The hands of the monarchy were strengthened. People in Europe were tired of feudal anarchy. They looked up to the monarchy to ensure peace and order, political stability and economic prosperity.

The culture of the Christian people was enriched. However, the Renaissance weakened the church, which could not occupy the position of unquestioned authority, it had possessed during the medieval period.

The Renaissance gave a great impetus to art, architecture, learning and literature which reached tremendous heights. It also created a reverence for antiquity and a great respect for the ancient Greek and Roman classics.

Further, the Renaissance led to the creation of humanism, and gave a stimulus to the growth of vernacular literature. As a result, the Italian, French, German, Spanish and English languages blossomed at that time.

The Protestant Reformation movement was also strengthened by the Renaissance. It resulted in far-reaching scientific inventions and geographical discoveries. The study of history was made more critical and scientific owing to the development of a more critical spirit demanding accuracy and the discovery of many historical manuscripts.

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2.0 - Introduction
2.1 Meaning of Renaissance

2.2 Causes of the Renaissance
2.3 Origin of the Renaissance
2.4 Features of the Renaissance
2.5 Growth and spread of the Renaissance
2.6 Consequences of the Renaissance
2.7 Dates & Events
2.8 Points to Remember

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