Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
This documentary released through Goldhil Home Media International chronicles the changes in Western Europe that gave rise to a rebirth of learning, science, and culture that came to be known as the "Renaissance." The program details the key importance of Gutenberg's invention of his movable type printing press, making cheap books possible and thereby more widespread learning. Just the Facts: The Renaissance explores the richness of the era's art, the important explorations of Columbus and Marco Polo, and the unsurpassed brilliance of Shakespeare's poetry and drama. The Just the Facts learning series investigates topics of educational importance, casting them in language and style designed to appeal to young adults. The School Library Journal lauds the series as "factual, straightforward, and unbiased."