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(476 - 1348)

 

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Early Modern Europe

(1350 - 1600)

 

 

 

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ABOUT PARADOXPLACE

 

The Paradoxplace Chronologies and History sections have grown from a couple of pages cobbled together by Adrian Fletcher, when he was first living in Tuscany in 2000, as a help to visitors being driven around and bombarded with the names of people, places and events related to the history of this fascinating and beautiful area, the cradle of the Renaissance.  Later it seemed interesting to include some of the better known people and events elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, from the end of the Western Roman Empire, through the Early and High Middle Ages and the Renaissance, to the emergence of the Nation States of Early Modern Europe - a period spanning roughly the years 500 to 1600. 

 

Over the years the Italian content has expanded to embrace Sicily and Puglia in the South, through the Abruzzi, Rome and Umbria to Venice, Lombardy, Piemonte and the Val d'Aosta and the Alpine Passes in the North, and has fanned out into large new sections covering Spain and Portugal France and Britain Inevitably (it seems) short sections on earlier classical and ancient civilizations will also appear to complete the contextual setting.  At the same time some quite specific subject areas have developed - especially concerning the Italian Renaissance, the built environment of pre-Renaissance times and church architecture, art and artefacts.

 

The Insight Pages have been developed in parallel with the chronologies, and provide illustrated insights into a wide range of subjects.  One of those subjects is World War II in Italy, which caused so much ongoing trauma and suffering and about which little is widely known.

 

The Chronologies are more international now, but they retain their Italian flavour and also have a better coverage of the earlier (and just as interesting) 500 to 1348 period.  Several of the regional and country pages and also the artist pages contain people stuff and chronologies, and much of this has not been added in to the main listing so as to keep it vaguely manageable!  The overall time period covered has not expanded, and the pages have also retained their focus on people, places, food, ideas and art, as well as a bit of geopolitics. 

 

All of this has been driven by the enjoyment of the author, who has discovered a fascinating world of visuality, insights and stories which somehow passed by unnoticed during his schooling and banking career.  Hopefully the work will be enjoyably useful to other virtual or real visitors to Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and Britain, and indeed anyone interested in where our present world and ideas came from and what living several hundred years ago felt and looked like.

 

One of the objectives of site design has been to link limited numbers of really good photographs for each subject with concise word descriptions.  Brevity, selectivity, visual stimulation and interesting writing being a rare combination species on the web.  In particular it is hoped that the "photo album" layouts (numbering several hundred) using a rich selection of over 8,000 Photographs will complement the high quality of Paradoxplace's content to give a good idea of "what it feels like to be there" which one cannot get from large ho-hum thumbnail arrays.  And it is good to get regular confirmations of this from feedback emails from an audience ranging from schools through present explorers to travellers whose physical travelling days are over.

 

To complete the cycle of sensory enjoyment, the site contains details of interesting food, restaurants and some hotels we have enjoyed on our European travels.  For some areas in Italy we have brought these together into restaurant guides - specifically to Restaurants, Food and Wine in Chianti, Siena, Florence, Umbria, Rome and Puglia, with a special additional section also devoted to the famous White Truffle Festivals of Piedmont and Tuscany, and another indulgent set of links to photos of some of the best meals Team Paradox has been lucky to enjoy in Europe.

 

This site is a combination travel blog and old fashioned photo album.  Pretty much all the places featured have been visited by the author, who also owns many of the books shown!  Most of the commentary is original, and relies for its validity on the travel, research and observations of Adrian Fletcher (aka Adriano, Dom Paradox DOCG, el Paradox, il Buongustaio and just Fletch amongst other things).  Bear in mind that Adriano may be mostly intelligently observant, but he does not have any formal history or art training - double check it if it matters, and let him know if there are mistakes.

 

 

 

 

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Latest Updates Site Map Travel Services Insight Pages Artists Cathedrals Abbeys France Spain Portugal Britain Italy Venice,  N Italy Tuscany Umbria Rome, Central Italy Sicily, South Italy Book Pages Middle Ages-1350 Renaissance-1600 Map Pages Information

 

All original material on this site Adrian Fletcher 2000-2015.  The contents may not be hotlinked, or reproduced without permission.