The meaning of "Renaissance"
The development of banking
Bills of Exchange
Venice: Golden Book, Great Council, doge, the Venetian Empire (Remember Zara from the 4th Crusade!)
Milan. The Visconti family and Francesco Sforza
The Medici: Founder the banker Cosimo de Medici; his grandson Lorenzo the Magnificent (1469-1492).
His son Ludovico "Il Moro" and the French question
Alexander VI, the "Borgia Pope." His children Cesere and Lucretia
Pope Julius II of the della Rovere family
Sack of Rome by soldiers of Charles V in 1527: traditional date for end of the Renaissance
Pico della Mirandola's Oration on the Dignity of Man
Nicolo Machiavelli's The Prince.