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We bring you a great selection of Renaissance novels in PDF format, so you can enjoy one of the most interesting periods of literature. 

The Renaissance was defined as a period in which mankind put themselves back at the center of their reflections and interests. It occurred between the XV and XVII centuries, exactly after the end of the Middle Ages.

The Renaissance novel was so broad that it has several subgenres, among which the following stand out the pastoral novel, defined by a slow-paced narrative and for dealing with love in an idealized way. 

The chivalry novel narrates the fantastic exploits of knights-errant. And the Byzantine novel, which gathered diverse elements of Hellenistic culture. Sentimental, picaresque, and Moorish novels also stood out. 

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Featured Renaissance Novels

1) The Life of Lazarillo Of Tormes

Author: Anonymous

The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities is an anonymous Spanish novel, written in the first person and epistolary style, whose oldest known editions date from 1554. It is an autobiographical account of the life of a boy, Lazaro de Tormes, in the 16th century.

It is considered a precursor of the picaresque novel due to elements such as realism, first-person narration, itinerant structure, service to several masters, and moralizing and pessimistic ideology.

Lazarillo de Tormes is an ironic and merciless sketch of the society of the time, showing its vices and hypocritical attitudes, especially those of the clergy and religious.

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2) Don Quixote

Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Full title of part 1 “Don Quixote de la Mancha” and part 2 “Second part of Don Quixote de la Mancha”, a novel published in 1605 (part one) and 1615 (part two)

Don Quixote de la Mancha is one of the most widely read classics of Western literature. Originally conceived as a parody of the chivalric romances that had been in literary vogue for a long time.

It describes realistically what happens to an elderly knight who, confused by the reading of such romances, embarks on his old horse Rocinante, with his pragmatic squire, Sancho Panza, to seek adventure.

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3) The Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

The Decameron is considered a masterpiece of prose, it was written between 1351 and 1353 by the author Giovanni Boccaccio, an Italian narrator and poet, born in Certaldo (Republic of Florence), in 1313. 

With the book The Decameron, he achieved the essential to introduce the genre of the novel or short story in European literature. The features that make The Decameron a vital work in the history of literature are: 

The realism in which the main story takes place and most of the stories: the characters take refuge and escape from the plague and are distracted by telling stories that are a reflection of the burdens of contemporary society, the quality of the story is the prose used by Boccaccio.

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Renaissance Novels

The Life of Lazarillo Of Tormes


Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes

The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio


George Eliot

By what authority

Robert Hugh Benson

The King's Achievement

Robert Hugh Benson

Come Rack! Come Rope!

Robert Hugh Benson

Le Morte d'Arthur

Thomas Malory

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