What Would Your Renaissance Era Name Be?

Zoe Samuel

How refined are you?

Do you love money?

If you got rich enough to retire, what sort of house would you buy?

What sort of carriage will you have?

Which animal do you want to keep as a pet?

What landscape suits you?

What profession are you in?

Who are your friends?

Which languages do you speak?

Do you love to sail the seven seas?

How corrupt do you like your kingdom?

What sort of food do you eat?

What enemy do you want to fight?

How adaptable are you?

Can you stand near-constant war?

Will you be on the forefront of technology?

How's your Latin?

Do you enjoy polite society?

Are you cosmopolitan?

Irrespective of your own faith, are you more comfortable under a Catholic or a Protestant ruler?

Do you plan to visit the holy land?

Could you bear to live someplace that most people weren't literate?

What are the odds you would flee to Constantinople?

Do you think the Puritans had some marvelous ideas?

Do you like being around people who are very different to you?

City state or nation state?

How damp can you stand it?

What architecture suits you?

Do you need access to a proper bank?

Do you love a good library?

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About This Quiz

The Renaissance is the period in European history that bridges the gap between Medieval times and the Industrial Revolution. It was a time where old certainties that had seemed absolutely immutable and unchangeable as the stars finally began to be chipped away. At first it was a very slow process, but it gained speed when the printing press started to make literacy more widely possible: you no longer had to be clergy or royalty to be able to read. This enabled a middle class to start forming, and of course that led to all sorts of innovations, new enterprises, and exploration of different continents, resulting in mixing of cultures. That was an ideal recipe for all kinds of new ideas to start fomenting. Without it the Enlightenment would have never come about, and we'd be looking at a very different world right now.

Where would you have fit into all this? Would you be on the cusp of all of this progressive thinking, or would you prefer to stand with the powers that be and see what you could do to preserve the old order? Would you have migrated to the cities, or waited for the Industrial Revolution to really kick in before considering that? Tell us a little about that and we'll see what your Renaissance name would be!

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