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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 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,...


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...


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...


Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648

by Mark Greengrass

A remarkable new volume in the critically acclaimed Penguin History of Europe series

From peasants to princes, no one was untouched by the spiritual and intellectual upheaval of the sixteenth century. Martin...


Science, Utility and Maritime Power: Samuel Bentham in Russia, 1779-91

by Roger Morriss

During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Samuel Bentham influenced the technology and administrative ideas employed in the management of the British navy. His influence stemmed from his passion for...


Supernatural and Secular Power in Early Modern England

by Marcus Harmes & Victoria Bladen

Without a precise separation between 'science' and 'magic', the line between the natural and supernatural worlds in early modern England was negotiable and porous, and could be used both to bolster and challenge...


Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II

by Geoffrey Parker

Philip II is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but one of the most famous monarchs in English history: the man who married Mary Tudor and later launched the Spanish Armada against her sister...


The Politics of Religion in Early Modern France

by Joseph Bergin

Rich in detail and broad in scope, this majestic book is the first to reveal the interaction of politics and religion in France during the crucial years of the long seventeenth century. Joseph Bergin begins...


The Culture of Equity in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Britain and America

by Mark Fortier

Extending the chronological and cultural scope of Fortier's book on equity, which focuses on early modern England, this interdisciplinary study draws on politics, religion, law, literature, and philosophy to...


The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Images of Iberia

by Piers Baker-Bates & Miles Pattenden

The essays collected here evaluate the broad range of contexts in which Spaniards were present in early modern Italy. They consider diplomacy, sanctity, art, politics and even popular verse. Each essay excavates...


Experiencing Exile: Huguenot Refugees in the Dutch Republic, 1680-1700

by David van der Linden

The persecution of the Huguenots in France, followed by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, unleashed one of the largest migration waves of early modern Europe. Focusing on the fate of French Protestants...


Fashion in the Time of William Shakespeare: 1564-1616

by Sarah Downing

Garments and accessories are prominent in almost all of William Shakespeare's plays, from Hamlet and Othello to A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night. The statement 'the apparel oft proclaims the man'...


Cromwell's Masterstroke: Dunbar 1650

by Peter Reese

The victory at Dunbar of Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army over the Scots under David Leslie merits a major place in the long succession of Anglo-Scottish battles. The Scots had brought Cromwell's invading army...