'Renaissance'means'rebirth'in French. The Renaissance period of European history is aptly named because people had a rebirth, or renewed, interest in the ideas of ancient Greeks and Romans. This led to a new age of science and art. Readers will learn about the many aspects of the Renaissance as well as the prominent figures of this era, including Nicolaus Copernicus, Leonardo da Vinci, and others. A timeline helps summarize the crucial dates of the Renaissance while stunning images bring the period into splendid detail.