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These personal qualities formed the basis of the larger achievements of the Renaissance. They found expression in the lives of a wide range of individuals, including the philosophers Nicholas of Cusa and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, the explorers Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes, the condottieri Francesco Sforza and Federico da Montefeltro as well as merchants and politicians such as the Medici. The list is not inclusive. The term individualism has been applied in numerous and often inconsistent ways.
They believed, for example, in the existence in the fabulously rich Christian king, Prester John, who lived in the east among the pagans, near the lands of the Amazon women, described at length in the popular travel diary of the Englishman John Mandeville (Travels and Travels, 1366). The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama brought letters of introduction to Prester John with him on his journey around the tip of Africa. For the medievalist Robert Bartlett, even the Renaissance sense of “discovery” displayed by the explorers had roots in the Middle Ages.
50 Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure (Chicago, 1969); Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo (London, 1966). 51 Clifford Geertz, “The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man,” in Interpretation of Cultures, pp. 34–7. 52 Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare (Chicago, 1980). ” in Becoming Visible: Women in European History, ed. by Renate Bridenthal and Claudia Koonz (Boston, 1977), pp.