Why did the Renaissance begin in Florence?
Address the following factors in order of importance starting with 1. political factors; 2. patronage; 3. commercial prosperity; 4. the city state and urban development; 5. Italy’s association with classical civilization; 6.Italian genius as the least important reason.
Needs to stress how these factors acted together in the cause of the Renaissance in Florence.
Needs to answer the question: “Why do you think some historians have questioned the origin and significance of the Florentine Renaissance and suggested that there was not one Renaissance but a series of rebirths throughout the Middle Ages?”