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Rodrigo Borgia’s Rose

by Michela Martignoni & Elena Martignoni

A woman lies waiting for a new lover. Covered with nothing but rose petals, her body is exposed for pleasure: his and hers. The woman is Vannozza Cattanei, long-time mistress of a pope, matriarch of the Borgias,...


Only One Thing in Life Is Constant-Change. Or, Rise, Fall, and Disappearance of Empires and Powerful Countries. : : SHORT STORY #20.  Nonfiction serie

by Alla P. Gakuba

Everything is changing constantly. Only one thing in life is constant—change.  What was true and applicable just recently is could be absolute today.

The history has witnessed the rise, fall, and disappearance...


New Worlds?: Transformations in the Culture of International Relations Around the Peace of Utrecht

by Inken Schmidt-Voges & Ana Crespo Solana

The Peace of Utrecht (1713) was perhaps the first political treaty that had a global impact. It not only ended a European-wide conflict, but also led to a cessation of hostilities on the American continent and...


The Third Reign of Louis XIV, c.1682-1715

by Julia Prest & Guy Rowlands

The personal rule of Louis XIV, following on from a long period of royal minority and apprenticeship, lasted 54 years from 1661 to 1715. But the second half of this personal rule has, until recently, received...


The Later Renaissance

by David Hannay

The general rules by which this series is governed have been fully stated by the Editor in the first published volume, The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory. It will therefore not be necessary...


Strangers Nowhere in the World: The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern Europe

by Margaret C. Jacob

Drawing on sources as various as Inquisition records and spy reports, minutes of scientific societies and the writings of political revolutionaries, Margaret C. Jacob reveals a moment in European history when...


The Image of Restoration Science: The Frontispiece to Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal Society (1667)

by Michael Hunter

This book is about a single image - the frontispiece to Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal-Society of London (1667). Designed by John Evelyn, and etched by Wenceslaus Hollar, it is arguably the best-known representation...


Milton's Italy: Anglo-Italian Literature, Travel, and Connections in Seventeenth-Century England

by Catherine Martin

This book joins a growing trend toward transnational literary studies and revives a venerable tradition of Anglo-Italian scholarship centering on John Milton. Correcting misperceptions that have diminished the...


Connecting Worlds and People: Early modern diasporas

by Dagmar Freist & Susanne Lachenicht

In recent decades historians have emphasized just how dynamic and varied early modern Europe was. Previously held notions of monolithic and static societies have now been replaced with a model in which new ideas,...


The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam

by Jerry Brotton

The fascinating story of Queen Elizabeth’s secret alliance with the Ottoman sultan and outreach to the Muslim world by The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps (published...


The Business of the Roman Inquisition in the Early Modern Era

by Germano Maifreda

Established in 1542, the Roman Inquisition operated through a network of almost fifty tribunals to combat heretical and heterodox threats within the papal territories. Whilst its theological, institutional and...


Queens Consort, Cultural Transfer and European Politics, c.1500-1800

by Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly & Adam Morton

Queens Consort, Cultural Transfer and European Politics examines the roles that queens consort played in dynastic politics and cultural transfer between their natal and marital courts during the sixteenth, seventeenth,...


The Noisy Renaissance

by Niall Atkinson

From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual...


The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels and Became the King's Secret Agent

by Robert Hutchinson

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...


The Story of Verona (Medieval Towns Series)

by Alethea Wiel

This volume presents a detailed account of the history of Verona, the northern Italian city. It explores of the city's architecture, people, traditions, notable events, etc., through its history, and is highly...


The Story of Perugia (Medieval Towns Series)

by Margaret Symons & Lina Duff Gordon

"The Story of Perugia" presents the fascinating history of the beautiful Italian city, exploring it's architecture, people, traditions, notable events, and more. Highly recommended for those with an interest...


The Story of Florence (Medieval Towns Series)

by Edmund G. Gardner

'The Story of Florence" presents the fascinating history of the beautiful Italian city, exploring it's architecture, people, traditions, notable events, and more. Highly recommended for those with an interest...


The Arras Witch Treatises

by Andrew Colin Gow, Robert B. Desjardins & François V. Pageau

This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts—Tinctor’s Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in...


The Battle of Lepanto

by 50MINUTES.Com

On 7th October 1571, two ships, one Christian and the other Ottoman, crossed paths on the Gulf of Lepanto. This meeting was followed by one of the largest naval battles in history, pitting the Holy League of...


On the Origins of Global History

by Sanjay Subrahmanyam

How does one think of history on a world scale? Should one turn to the intellectuals of the past or the historians of the present? Universal history as it was practised from Antiquity started to change from...