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The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King: How the Accidental Death of Henry II of France Changed the World

by Seymour I. Schwartz

This unique study examines a critical juncture in the history of the Renaissance brought about by a freak accident. Combining both a history of sixteenth-century medicine and European politics, the author describes...


Washington's Circle: The Creation of the President

by David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler

History enthusiasts and admirers of Team of Rivals will rejoice in this magisterial account of the extraordinary Americans who served the nation’s first chief executive: Together, they created the presidency...


Sarah Fielding: Author of David Simple

by June Jameson

At a time in England when arranged marriages were commonplace, when the only respectable means of survival for aristocratic women without dowries were the ignominious positions of unpaid companions to affluent...


The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

by Michael Bundock

This compelling book chronicles a young boy's journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London's literary world, and reveals the unlikely friendship that changed his life. Francis Barber,...


William Howe and the American War of Independence

by David Smith

The first major work on this enigmatic British general for more than 40 years, William Howe and the American War of Independence offers fascinating new insights into his performance during the revolution in...


State, Economy and the Great Divergence: Great Britain and China, 1680s-1850s

by Peer Vries

State, Economy and the Great Divergence provides a new analysis of what has become the central debate in global economic history: the 'great divergence' between European and Asian growth. Focusing on early modern...


Youth, Heroism and War Propaganda: Britain and the Young Maritime Hero, 1745-1820

by D. A. B. Ronald

Youth, Heroism and Naval Propaganda explores how the young maritime hero became a major new figure of war propaganda in the second half of the long eighteenth century. At that time, Britain was searching for...


The Rise of Thomas Cromwell: Power and Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII, 1485-1534

by Michael Everett

How much does the Thomas Cromwell of popular novels and television series resemble the real Cromwell? This meticulous study of Cromwell's early political career expands and revises what has been understood concerning...


A Hangman's Diary: The Journal of Master Franz Schmidt, Public Executioner of Nuremberg, 1573¿1617

by Franz Schmidt

From 1573 to 1617, Master Franz Schmidt was the executioner for the towns of Bamberg and Nuremberg. During that span, he personally executed more than 350 people while keeping a journal throughout his career....


Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

by Ian Bostridge

An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary, historical, psychological—that...


The History and Lives of Notorious Pirates and Their Crews

by Captain Charles Johnson & C. Lovat Fraser

There is a fascination surrounding the subject of pirates and pirate lore that centers around the romanticized impression of lawless, brutal ruffians pillaging ships, hunting for gold and treasure, and traveling...


Sex, Money and Personal Character in Eighteenth-Century British Politics

by Marilyn Morris

How, and why, did the Anglo-American world become so obsessed with the private lives and public character of its political leaders? Marilyn Morris finds answers in eighteenth-century Britain, when a long tradition...


Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant

by Tracy Borman

Thomas Cromwell has long been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power. As Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Cromwell was the architect of the English Reformation, secured...


Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850

by Susan Broomhall

Spaces for Feeling explores how English and Scottish people experienced sociabilities and socialities from 1650 to 1850, and investigates their operation through emotional practices and particular spaces. The...


Anatomy and Anatomists in Early Modern Spain

by Bjørn Okholm Skaarup

Taking the Vesalian anatomical revolution as its point of departure, this volume charts the apparent rise and fall of anatomy studies within universities in sixteenth-century Spain, focusing particularly on...


Retailing and the Language of Goods, 1550-1820

by Nancy Cox

This book explores the meanings assigned to goods sold retail from 1550 to 1820 and how their labels were understood. The first half of the book focuses on mercantile language more broadly; how it was used in...


The Fate of Anatomical Collections

by Rina Knoeff & Robert Zwijnenberg

This volume explores the changing status of anatomical collections from the early modern period to date. It is argued that anatomical and pathological collections are medically relevant for future research,...


Women, Crime, and Forgiveness in Early Modern Portugal

by Darlene Abreu-Ferreira

Looking at the experiences of women in early modern Portugal in the context of crime and forgiveness, this study uses judicial and quasi-judicial records to examine the implications of crime in women's lives,...


Ceremonial Entries in Early Modern Europe: The Iconography of Power

by J.R. Mulryne, Maria Ines Aliverti & Anna Maria Testaverde

The essays in this volume concentrate on festival iconography, the visual and written languages, including ephemeral and permanent structures, costume, drama, inscriptions and published festival books that 'voiced'...


Conflict and Soldiers' Literature in Early Modern Europe: The Reality of War

by Paul Scannell

In Conflict and Soldiers' Literature in Early Modern Europe, Paul Scannell analyses the late 16th-century and early 17th-century literature of warfare through the published works of English, Welsh and Scottish...