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The Queen's Bed

by Anna Whitelock

From the private world of a beloved queen, a story of intimacy, espionage, rumor, and subterfuge

Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the...


Papacy, Religious Orders, and International Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Autori Vari & Massimo Carlo Giannini

During the early modern age religious orders had to interpret papal strategies and directives in international politics in the light of a substantial ambiguity. They were loyal subjects of the pope, but also...


The Affair of the Poisons

by Anne Somerset

The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects...


Carnival and Theater (Routledge Revivals): Plebian Culture and the Structure of Authority in Renaissance England

by Michael D. Bristol

In this title, first published in 1985, Michael Bristol draws on several theoretical and critical traditions to study the nature and purpose of theatre as a social institution: on Marxism, and its revisions...


The World of Christopher Marlowe

by David Riggs

The definitive biography: a masterly account of Marlowe's work and life and the world in which he lived

Shakespeare's contemporary, Christopher Marlowe revolutionized English drama and poetry, transforming the...


Travel Guide To Europe, 1492

by Lorenzo Camusso

On the eve of the five hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the Americas, it bears remembering that in 1492, as Columbus was making his historic voyage, Europe was flourishing, at the very height of the...


National Identity and the Agrarian Republic: The Transatlantic Commerce of Ideas between America and France (1750-1830)

by Manuela Albertone

This book outlines how, from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century, the political and social dimension of French economic thought, and particularly of Physiocracy, spurred American Republicans to...


The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left

by Yuval Levin

For more than two centuries, our political life has been divided between a party of progress and a party of conservation. In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the left/right divide in America...


With the Heart of a King

by Benton Rain Patterson

Philip II of Spain, the most powerful monarch in sixteenth-century Europe and a ferocious empire-builder, was matched against the dauntless queen of England, Elizabeth I, determined to defend her country and...


Sovereign Ladies

by Maureen Waller

In the bestselling tradition of authors Antonia Fraser and David Starkey, Maureen Waller has written a fascinating narrative history---a brilliant combination of drama and biographical insight---of the six women...


The Ottoman Empire: 1300-1600

by Halil Inalcik

Born as a military frontier principality at the turn of the Fourteenth century Turkey developed into the dominant force in Anatolia and the Balkans growing to become the most powerful Islamic state after 1517...


Ship of Death: A Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World

by Billy G. Smith

It is no exaggeration to say that the Hankey, a small British ship that circled the Atlantic in 1792 and 1793, transformed the history of the Atlantic world. This extraordinary book uncovers the long-forgotten...


Fire and Light

by James MacGregor Burns

"With this profound and magnificent book, drawing on his deep reservoir of thought and expertise in the humanities, James MacGregor Burns takes us into the fire's center.  As a 21st-century philosopher, he...


A Woman, a Man, and Two Kingdoms: The Story of Madame d'Epinay and the Abbe Galiani

by Francis Steegmuller

Pre-revolutionary Paris comes to life in this fascinating story surrounding the correspondence between two colorful and witty society figures: the French author Louise d'Épinay and the Italian priest-diplomat...


Bishops and Power in Early Modern England

by Marcus K. Harmes

Armed with pistols and wearing jackboots, Bishop Henry Compton rode out in 1688 against his King but in defence of the Church of England and its bishops. His actions are a dramatic but telling indication of...


The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph

by Albert O. Hirschman, Amartya Sen & Jeremy Adelman

In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of...


Quakers

by Peter Furtado

A small sect of fewer than 20,000 in the UK, and approximately 100,000 in the USA, Quakers have produced a disproportionate number of eminent thinkers, scientists, businessmen, and their teachings have been widely...


Women’s Networks of Spiritual Promotion in the Peninsular Kingdoms (13th-16th Centuries)

by Blanca Garí

The starting point for this research is the ascertainment of a major change in the spirituality paradigm of the last centuries of the European Middle Ages, which, since the 13th century, results in a new and...


The Rainborowes: One Family's Quest to Build a New England

by Adrian Tinniswood

The period between 1630 and 1660 was one of the most tumultuous in Western history. These three decades witnessed the birth of New England and, in the mother country, a chaotic civil war that rent the very fabric...


Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

by Kathryn M. Moncrief, Kathryn R. McPherson & Sarah Enloe

This volume extends the reach of the American Shakespeare Center, which consistently provides the finest in Shakespearean and Elizabethan dramatic performance and scholarship, by providing the best of its biannual...