Pioneers of the Renaissance

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Advancements following the middle ages brought a whole new world filled with complex inventions and ideas. The embracing of new knowledge and improvements can only be summed up as the way of the Renaissance. This new era paved a pathway that led to change for the better. Pioneers of the Renaissance made the first steps of new age development when they transformed aspects of everyday life by creating technological advancements and ideas, thus leading to a new frontier for future inventions. Working on farmland was common among the average renaissance citizen. One of the most impacting inventions was the new kind of plow. Farming materials were a constant struggle to use and maintain, but with this new time period, farming heavy, clay soil improved with stronger equipment. The new plow invented contained metal blades and consisted of three parts that cut, passed, and turned the soil into turf (MacEachern 5). This efficient machine facilitated a way for farmers to gain more produce with bigger harvests (MacEachern 6). To increase the harvest size even more, farmers elongated the life of their crops with a new irrigation system. “Floating meadows”, which is the practice of flooding entire fields, was used by English farmers starting in the Renaissance to protect against frost and river mud (Grendler 117). Farming methods were most likely improved with a simple change to an old idea. Having the new plow, a team of horses or oxen was required to pull it (MacEachern 5). This new use of horses guided the creation of horse shoes. The invention of the horse shoe and other supplies meant that horses were used more efficiently (MacEachern 6). Travel and transportation could be described, in the beginning of the Renaissance, as trial and t... ... middle of paper ... ...rary stages in public squares” (Netzley 78). William Shakespeare envisioned a design for theaters. He included a blueprint that included a three level stage approximately forty feet wide (Netzley 79). The stages lower level was divided into two parts. This new design created a play without interruptions because of less scenery changes. Art, music, and entertainment all saw improvements to enhance the experience. Discoveries were made very often during the Renaissance, most were uncovered by accident or by testing and manipulating instead of the typical practice of applying scientific philosophy (Grimble 6). The induction of printing and papermaking changed the way books were utilized. Ideas and thoughts grew wings with the introduction of paper making and printing of books. “Books were produced much more cheaply, so new ideas could spread rapidly” (Grimble 6).
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