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Who were some of the specific people in the Renaissance who wrote about their period being different from the Middle Ages?

This could be answered by looking at how and when the term "Middle Ages" was coined. This starts obviously in Trecento Italy, with a new wave of vernacular literature that will later cause ...
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Who were some of the specific people in the Renaissance who wrote about their period being different from the Middle Ages?

Francesco Petrarca (or Petrarch, anglicized) is often cited as a, if not the, key figure in noticing the difference between the periods of the middle ages and the renaissance (or, rather, the 'gap' ...
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