This book teaches history to children following the traditional, story-based method based on tales of heroes and kings. You will find here no modern, ideology-fuelled interpretations. Just historical figures, and anecdotes about them.
To create a memorable narrative for kids, I focus on stories and situations that contain exciting elements of adventure and drama, details that sculpt the character of history's heroes in a vivid, engaging way. I have gone back to many original sources to find these historical tales and anecdotes, such as early biographies, letters, and books by these Renaissance historical figures.
The Renaissance for Kidsstays away from gruesome, disturbing content, and does not include anything outside of traditional family-friendly morality.
The list of historical figures featured in this book includes: Lorenzo the Magnificent, Leonardo da Vinci, Savonarola, Machiavelli, Nostradamus, Michelangelo, Raphael, Copernicus, Loyola, Martin Luther, Henry VIII of England, Thomas More, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Shakespeare, Henry IV of France, Galileo, and others.
Illustrations are important in helping kids (and grownups!) visualize and retain a historical narrative. So you will find that this book is richly illustrated with reproductions of historical paintings and photos of actual Renaissance artifacts.