This probably needs to be edited, I've put the warning about neutrality at the top for now (it can be taken out once someone with more knowledge on the topic has a change to look at it). - Tobin
Of course I'll dispute the statement that says:
the Humanists concentrated on winning the argument rather than having their facts and logic straight
... until the cows come home, but it was written by an avowed scholastic.
I'll re-write this article at some point but be aware I'm a humanist. I'll try to keep it neutral, though. I will concede the point that Italian princes blew huge chunks of cash on stuff, but then again the renaissance was the first time that they had huge chunks of cash to blow.