A crash course introduction to the Renaissance. An amusing introduction to some of the complexities of a fascinating period of history.
The following bibliography will give you a few selected books which you might read to suppliment your Renaissance studies. Do not feel you need to buy them, you can get most of these from good libraries. Also use them sensibly, you can just dip into various books rather than reading them cover to cover.
Interesting article tracing the ideas of the Renaissance back to the 9th Century. Good for the "Break from Middle Ages" topic.