Reading about the fascinating Florentines. Between the birth of Dante in 1265 & the death of Galileo in 1642, something extraordinary happened that transformed the entire culture of the western civilisation. Painting, sculpture, art & architecture would all visibly change in such a striking fashion that there could be no going back. The thought & self-conception of humanity would take on a completely new aspect. Sciences would be born or emerge in an entirely new guise. The ideas that broke the mould began & continued to flourish in the city of Florence (Italy). Ideas which placed an increasing emphasis on the development of our common humanity called humanism. Highlighted the seven values of fortitude, hope, faith, charity, justice, temperance & prudence. Florence & the Florentines played a uniquely creative & transformative role in the birth of the Renaissance. The stars of the show – Michelangelo, Galileo, Botticelli, Vasari, Raphael, Lippi, Machiavelli & Leonardo Da Vinci.