Renaissance Literature refers to the period when European literature was at its peak popularity.European literature that began in Italy during the 14th century and spread around Europe through the 17th century. The impact of the Renaissance varied across the continent; countries that were predominantly Catholic or Protestant experienced the Renaissance differently compared to areas where the Orthodox Church was dominant as reflecting on its culture, as well as those areas of Europe under Islamic rule. Focused on self actualization and ones ability to accept what is going on in their life.
The creation of the Printing Press by Johannes Gutenberg encouraged authors to write in the local vernacular rather than in Greek or Latin classical languages, widening the reading audience and promoting the spread of Renaissance ideas.
See also 
- Dutch Renaissance and Golden Age literature
- Elizabethan literature
- French Renaissance literature
- Spanish Renaissance literature
- Italian Renaissance literature
Literature by century 
- 14th century in literature
- 15th century in literature
- 16th century in literature
- 17th century in literature
Poetry by century