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Between Utopia and Dystopia: Erasmus, Thomas More, and the Humanist Republic of Letters

by Hanan Yoran Lexington Books (April 19, 2010)

Between Utopia and Dystopia offers a new interpretation of Erasmian humanism. It argues that Erasmian humanism created the identity of the universal and critical intellectual, but that this identity undermined...


Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain: Conjugal Doctrine in Lope, Cervantes, and Calderon

by Gabriela Carrión Bucknell University Press (April 18, 2011)

Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain places dramatic representations of marriage within a historical and social framework and is framed by the decrees of the Council of Trent (1563), which ascribed sacramental...


Poison's Dark Works in Renaissance England

by Miranda Wilson Bucknell University Press (December 24, 2013)

Poison's Dark Works in Renaissance England explores the ways English writings about poisoning prompted new ways of thinking about the world. Placing medical, legal, technical, and scientific texts in conversation...


Renaissance and Medieval Costume

by Camille Bonnard Dover Publications (August 24, 2012)

This illustrated study displays a detailed gallery of costumes worn in the 11th through the 15th centuries. The 120 full-color plates exhibit apparel worn by nobility, knights, soldiers, the bourgeois, ecclesiastics,...


The Book of the Courtier

by Baldassare Castiglione Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

An insider's view of court life during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility.


The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

by Jacob Burckhardt Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

A distinguished scholar explores innovations in art and attitudes in this classic of cultural history. It chronicles the revival of humanism, church/empire conflicts, and the rise of modern government and individualism....


The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli Dover Publications (March 30, 2012)

Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied....


Il Gigante

by Anton Gill Thomas Dunne Books (October 21, 2013)

At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in...


Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

by Peter Ackroyd Thomas Dunne Books (October 07, 2013)

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental book in his The History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry...


The Forbidden Universe

by Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince Skyhorse (April 01, 2011)

Secret societies, famous scientists, ancient Egyptian mysticism, and a fascinating addition to the god-versus-science debate: the Catholic Church. By the bestselling authors of The Templar Revelation and Mary...


The Lost Fleet: The Discovery of a Sunken Armada from the Golden Age of Piracy

by Barry Clifford & Kenneth Kinkor HarperCollins e-books (January 26, 2010)

On January 2, 1678, a fleet of French ships sank off the Venezuelan coast. This proved disastrous for French naval power in the region, and sparked the rise of a golden age of piracy.

Tracing the lives of fabled...


The Sistine Secrets

by Benjamin Blech & Roy Doliner HarperOne (October 27, 2009)

The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork

The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets...


The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance

by Paul Robert Walker William Morrow (October 13, 2009)

Joining the bestsellers Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, a lively and intriguing tale of two artists whose competitive spirit brought to life one of the world’s most magnificent structures and ignited the...


Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire

by Garry Wills Washington Square Press (May 28, 2013)

Garry Wills's Venice: Lion City is a tour de force -- a rich, colorful, and provocative history of the world's most fascinating city in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when it was at the peak of its glory....


A Primer in Theatre History: From the Greeks to the Spanish Golden Age

by William Grange UPA (December 14, 2012)

Grange covers productions, theories, innovations, and plays from ancient Greece to the Spanish Golden Age. It does not read like a scholarly tome as its chapters allow the uninitiated reader access to well-researched...


Shades of Difference: Mythologies of Skin Color in Early Modern England

by Sujata Iyengar University of Pennsylvania Press (April 12, 2013)

An exploration of the cultural mythology of skin color during the English Renaissance.


Censorship and Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England

by Debora Shuger University of Pennsylvania Press (March 26, 2013)

"This is a major work. Shuger deals with the rules of appropriate language use in early modern Europe, making an argument about censorship in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England that is original,...


The Roman Inquisition: A Papal Bureaucracy and Its Laws in the Age of Galileo

by Thomas F. Mayer University of Pennsylvania Press (January 09, 2013)

As Thomas F. Mayer demonstrates in this first study of the Roman Inquisition as an institution, the Inquisition underwent constant modification as it expanded. Originally aimed to eradicate Protestant heresy,...


Creating East and West: Renaissance Humanists and the Ottoman Turks

by Nancy Bisaha University of Pennsylvania Press (December 01, 2010)

"Bisaha provides the most comprehensive and nuanced account now available of the attitudes of Western intellectuals to the Turks, the Byzantines, and crusading in Renaissance Italy, an important time and place...


Trickster Travels

by Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis Hill and Wang (March 05, 2007)

An engrossing study of Leo Africanus and his famous book, which introduced Africa to European readers

Al-Hasan al-Wazzan--born in Granada to a Muslim family that in 1492 went to Morocco, where he traveled extensively...


The Brothers York

by Thomas Penn Simon & Schuster (June 16, 2020)

Vicious battles, powerful monarchs, and royal intrigue abound in this “gripping, complex, and sensational” (Hilary Mantel) true story of the War of the Roses--a struggle among three brothers, two of whom...


The Guardian of Mercy

by Terence Ward Arcade (February 09, 2016)

Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where...


Galileo's Mistake

by Wade Rowland Arcade (December 03, 2011)

The modern understanding of the notorious 1633 trial of Galileo is that of Science and Reason persecuted by Ignorance and Superstitionof Galileo as a lonely, courageous freethinker oppressed by a reactionary...


The Tudor Tutor

by Barb Alexander & Lisa Graves Skyhorse (November 03, 2015)

From the bloody Wars of the Roses to Queen Elizabeth I's iconic rule, the Tudor Dynasty was a period of sex, scandal, and intrigue. Monarchs such as Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I have become a part of modern...


The Borgias

by Paul Strathern Pegasus Books (August 06, 2019)

The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice and vicious cruelty--all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family lived when...


The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood

by Robert Hutchinson Pegasus Books (June 14, 2016)

One morning in May 1671, a man disguised as a parson daringly attempted to seize the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Astonishingly, he managed to escape with the regalia and crown before being apprehended....


Raphael, Painter in Rome

by Stephanie Storey Arcade (April 07, 2020)

Another Fabulous Art History Thriller by the Bestselling Author of Oil and Marble, Featuring the Master of Renaissance Perfection: Raphael!

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most iconic masterpieces...


Shakespeare and the Countess

by Chris Laoutaris Pegasus Books (June 15, 2015)

In November 1596, a countess signed a document that would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare. Who was this woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare's life? Never...


The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance

by Paul Robert Walker & Simon Vance HarperAudio (August 04, 2020)

Joining the bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, a lively and intriguing tale of two artists whose competitive spirit brought to life one of the world's most magnificent structures and ignited the Renaissance...


Rome

by Matthew Kneale & Neil Gardner Simon & Schuster Audio (May 15, 2018)

“This magnificent love letter to Rome” (Stephen Greenblatt) tells the story of the Eternal City through pivotal moments that defined its history--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and...


The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

by Edward Wilson-Lee & Richard Trinder Simon & Schuster Audio (March 12, 2019)

This impeccably researched and “adventure-packed” (The Washington Post) account of the obsessive quest by Christopher Columbus’s son to create the greatest library in the world is “the stuff of Hollywood...


The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519

by Christopher Hibbert & John Telfer Blackstone Publishing (November 01, 2012)

The firstmajor biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert's latesthistory brings to life the family and the world they lived in: the glittering Romeof the Italian Renaissance.

The nameBorgia...


Elizabeth

by Lisa Hilton & Kelly Birch Blackstone Publishing (November 10, 2015)

A new biographical portrait that casts the queen as she saw herself--not as an exceptional woman, but as an exceptional ruler

Queen Elizabeth I was all too happy to play on courtly conventions of gender when...


The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood

by Robert Hutchinson & Ralph Lister Blackstone Publishing (June 14, 2016)

The gripping story of one of the most enigmatic and alluring figures in British history: a dangerous double agent and Irish rogue in King Charles II's court

One morning in May 1671, a man disguised as a parson...


Pensées

by Blaise Pascal, William Sutherland & H. F. Stewart Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Compiled after his death in 1662, Pascal's "pensées" (thoughts) are his ideas for a book in defense of faith in a rational world. These fragments give evidence of a profoundly original thinker who had resolved...


Tudors

by Peter Ackroyd & Clive Chafer Blackstone Publishing (March 15, 2015)

From Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to theepic rule of Elizabeth I, the age of the Tudors comes to vivid life on the page.

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimedwriters, brings the age of the...


A World Lit Only by Fire

by William Manchester & Barrett Whitener Blackstone Publishing (March 01, 2007)

The preeminent popular history of civilization’s rebirth after the Dark Ages

From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder...


The Story of the Renaissance

by William Henry Hudson & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

In this comprehensive survey, William Hudson explores the forces responsible for bringing about the Renaissance, which he describes as the West's "transition from the medieval to the modern world."

Voyages of...


Thomas Wolsey, the Late Cardinal

by George Cavendish, David Thorn, Roger Lockyer & Alcazar AudioWorks Alcazar AudioWorks (April 28, 2010)

This extraordinary “eye-witness” account of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey’s rise and fall from power was written between 1554 and 1558 by his gentleman-usher, George Cavendish, who was privy to so much of the...


Death in Florence

by Paul Strathern & Derek Perkins Blackstone Publishing (August 15, 2015)

Death in Florence illuminates one of the defining moments in Western history—the bloody and dramatic story of the battle for the soul of Renaissance Florence.

By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was...


Lucrezia Borgia

by Sarah Bradford & Lorna Raver Blackstone Publishing (January 21, 2009)

The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance: incest, political assassination, papal sexual abuse, poisonous intrigue, unscrupulous power grabs. Yet,...


The Rival Queens

by Nancy Goldstone & Suzanne Toren Little, Brown & Company (June 23, 2015)

The riveting true story of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois, whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent relationship changed the shape of their tempestuous and...


The Barbary Corsairs

by Jacques Heers Skyhorse (November 13, 2018)

The Barbary corsairs first appeared to terrorize shipping at the end of the fifteenth century. These Muslim pirates sailed out of the ports of North Africa, primarily Sal?, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli....


Oil and Marble

by Stephanie Storey Arcade (March 01, 2016)

In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From...


Spirituality and Reform

by Calvin Lane Fortress Academic (August 15, 2018)

In colorful detail, Calvin Lane explores the dynamic intersection between reform movements and everyday Christian practice from ca. 1000 to ca. 1800. Lowering the artificial boundaries between “the Middle...


Boccaccian Renaissance

by Martin Eisner & David Lummus University of Notre Dame Press (June 25, 2019)

A Boccaccian Renaissance brings together essays written by internationally recognized scholars in diverse national traditions to respond to the largely unaddressed question of Boccaccio’s impact on early modern...


The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

by Edward Wilson-Lee Scribner (March 12, 2019)

This impeccably researched and “adventure-packed” (The Washington Post) account of the obsessive quest by Christopher Columbus’s son to create the greatest library in the world is “the stuff of Hollywood...


The Captive Sea

by Daniel Hershenzon University of Pennsylvania Press (August 01, 2018)

In The Captive Sea, Daniel Hershenzon explores the entangled histories of Muslim and Christian captives—and, by extension, of the Spanish Empire, Ottoman Algiers, and Morocco—in the seventeenth century to...


Europe in Flames

by John Matusiak The History Press (September 03, 2018)

‘War,’ wrote Cardinal Richelieu, ‘is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men’. Yet the prelate’s mournful observation scarcely begins to encapsulate the full complexity and...


Hell or Some Worse Place: Kinsale 1601

by Des Ekin The O'Brien Press (April 24, 2018)

Kinsale, Ireland: Christmas Eve, 1601

As thunder crashes and lightning rakes the sky, three very different commanders line up for a battle that will decide the fate of a nation.

General Juan del Águila has been...