E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Renaissance Period (The).
That period in French history which began with the Italian wars in the reign of Charles VIII. and closed with the reign of Henri II. It was the intercourse with Italy, brought about by the Italian war (14941557), which regenerated the arts and sciences in France; but as everything was Italianisedthe language, dress, architecture, poetry, prose, food, manners, etc.it was a period of great false taste and national deformity.