Why did the Renaissance begin in Northern Italy?

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Why did the Renaissance begin in Northern Italy?

Competition between noblemen. In 13th century Northern Italy, a skilled artist or craftsman didn’t have to walk far to find a patron. And if one patron didn’t work out, there always was another one close by.

France, in comparison, spent most of the 13th century under the rule of king Louis IX, a zealous Catholic, a crusader, a friend of Inquisition, and a Jew hater.

In other words, Northern Italy was a diverse environment, while France in comparison was almost a monoculture…

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