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The Court Artist in Seventeenth-Century Italy

by Elena Fumagalli & Raffaella Morselli

Up to now the theme of the artist in the service of Italian courts has been examined in various studies focused mostly on the High Renaissance, as though the phenomenon was relevant only to the XV and XVI centuries....


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...


Fighting Sail - Fleet Actions 1775-1815

by Ryan Miller & Peter Dennis

In the years between 1776 and 1815, grand square-rigged sailing ships dominated warfare on the high seas. Fighting Sail is a tabletop wargame of fleet battles in this age of canvas, cannon, and timbers. Players...


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...


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...


Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France

by Cathy McClive

Early modern bodies, particularly menstruating and pregnant bodies, were not stable signifiers. Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France presents the first full-length discussion of menstruation and...


Affectionate Authorities: Fathers and Fatherly Roles in Late Medieval Basel

by Philip Grace

Situated at the intersection of social and cultural history, the study draws upon late-medieval and early-modern sources from the city of Basel, Switzerland in order to provide a nuanced view of concepts of...


The Maligned Militia: The West Country Militia of the Monmouth Rebellion, 1685

by Christopher L. Scott

Drawing upon private papers, letters, financial records, diaries and memoirs, this book revisits the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 to assess the militia's performance in helping to defeat the 'pitchfork rebellion'....


Aspiration, Representation and Memory: The Guise in Europe, 1506-1688

by Jessica Munns, Penny Richards & Jonathan Spangler

The essays in this collection approach the aims, ambitions and self-fashioning of the House in Guise using a 'trans-national' dimension as context. The combination of the violence and drama of their lives at...


Polemic: Language as Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Discourse

by Almut Suerbaum, George Southcombe & Benjamin Thompson

Taking a broad European approach, this collection brings together specialists on medieval and early modern culture in order to challenge assumptions that medieval culture was homogenous and characterized by...


Memory and Community in Sixteenth-Century France

by David P. LaGuardia & Cathy Yandell

Memory and Community in Sixteenth-Century France demonstrates that memory and community interacted constantly in sixteenth-century France, producing conceptual frames that defined the conflicting groups to which...


Eroticism in Early Modern Music

by Bonnie J. Blackburn & Laurie Stras

This collection contributes to a small but significant literature on music, sexuality, and sex in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. Contributors employ a variety of different approaches to the repertoire:...