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A History of Private Life, Volume III: Passions of the Renaissance

A History of Private Life, Volume III: Passions of the Renaissance

Edited by Roger Chartier
Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

ISBN 9780674400023

Publication date: 10/15/1993

Readers interested in history, and in the development of the modern sensibility, will relish this large-scale yet intimately detailed examination of the blossoming of the ordinary and extraordinary people of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. This third in the popular five-volume series celebrates the emergence of individualism and the manifestations of a burgeoning self-consciousness over three centuries.


  • In the original sense of the term, A History of Private Life is a series of essays: attempts at a new, non-narrative kind of history. Sumptuously illustrated with pictures, maps, and photographs, the book is a feast for the eye; it is fascinating, often compelling in its exquisite details… A kaleidoscopic effect is doubtless part of the authors’ purpose: to question our assumption that we understand the history of Renaissance individualism and make us realize that it is as complicated as the variety of traces left by three centuries of private life.

    —Maureen Quilligan, New York Times Book Review


  • Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.

Book Details

  • 656 pages
  • 7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • Series edited by Phillippe Ariès and Georges Duby