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Disknowledge: Literature, Alchemy, and the End of Humanism in Renaissance England

by Katherine Eggert

Katherine Eggert explores the crumbling state of humanistic learning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the benefits of relying on alchemy despite its recognized flaws.

The Americas in the Spanish World Order: The Justification for Conquest in the Seventeenth Century

by James Muldoon

"An important book that clarifies both the continued Spanish preoccupation with the legitimacy of conquest and colonization of the Americas and the persistent strength of medieval intellectual thought dating...

An Elizabethan Assassin: Theodore Paleologus - Seducer, Spy and Killer

by John Hall

Claiming to be heir to the emperors of Byzantium, an exotic but elusive figures called Theodore Paleologus surfaced in mysterious circumstances in the Elizabethan underworld. This first biography of an extraordinary...

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe

by Chris Laoutaris

The colorful story of the creation of the Globe Theatre—as a result of the dramatic confrontation between Lady Elizabeth Russell and William Shakespeare. In November 1596, a woman signed a document that would...


by Michael Wood

The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the 16th century was one of the most important and cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions endured incredible hardships in order to open up the lands of the...

Early Renaissance Siena

by Mario Ascheri

In Siena, which is commonly described as a Gothic city, the Renaissance has usually been considered a marginal period when compared with the Florentine splendor. Specifically, in Siena the first half of the...

The Betrayal of Richard III

by V B Lamb & Peter Hammond

In this classic work, the late V B Lamb and Peter Hammond survey the life and times of Richard III and examine the contemporary evidence for the events of his reign, tracing the origins of the traditional version...

Margaret Douglas

by Mary McGrigor

Margaret Douglas: The Other Tudor Princess brings to life the story of Margaret Douglas, a shadowy and mysterious character in Tudor history - but who now takes centre stage in this tale of the bitter struggle...

The Little Book of Mary, Queen of Scots

by Mickey Mayhew

Mary Queen of Scots is perhaps one of the most controversial and divisive monarchs in regal history. Her story reads like a particularly spicy novel, with murder, kidnap, adultery, assassination and execution....

The Roman Inquisition: Trying Galileo

by Thomas F. Mayer

With this final installment in his trilogy on the seventeenth-century Roman Inquisition, Thomas F. Mayer has provided the first comprehensive study of the legal proceedings against Galileo.

Ars et Ingenium: The Embodiment of Imagination in Francesco di Giorgio Martini's Drawings

by Pari Riahi

When did drawing become an integral part of architecture? Among several architects and artists who brought about this change during the Renaissance, Francesco di Giorgio Martini's ideas on drawing recorded in...

The Renaissance World

by John Jeffries Martin

With an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses the history of ideas, political history, cultural history and art history, this volume, in the successful Routledge Worlds series, offers a sweeping survey...

Landlords and Tenants in Britain, 1440-1660

by Jane Whittle

This volume revisits a classic book by a famous historian: R.H. Tawney's Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century (1912). Tawney's Agrarian Problem surveyed landlord-tenant relations in England between 1440...

The First Century of Welfare

by Jonathan Healey

The English 'Old Poor Law' was the first national system of tax-funded social welfare in the world. It provided a safety net for hundreds of thousands of paupers at a time of very limited national wealth and...

The European Renaissance 1400-1600

by Robin Kirkpatrick

With Italy at its centre, but encompassing the whole of Renaissance Europe, this evocative history challenges some of the popularly-held views on the Renaissance period. In particular, whilst always acknowledging...

Social Change and Continuity: England 1550-1750

by Barry Coward

Barry Coward has revised his wide-ranging text which outlines the major social changes that occurred in England in the two hundred years after the Reformation. He examines the religious and intellectual changes...

Aspects of the Renaissance

by Archibald R. Lewis

The Renaissance has long posed a problem to scholars. It has been generalized as an emergence of intellect and will in all fields of human endeavor, but because it is diversely manifested in varying attitudes...

Witches of Fife

by Stuart MacDonald

Along the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, historical markers and pamphlets now include the fact that some women were executed as witches within these burghs. Still the reality of what...

The Restoration and the England of Charles II

by John Miller

This key Seminar Study was first published as Restoration England: The Reign of Charles II in 1985. Unavailable for several years, the book has now been heavily revised, and expanded, to take account of over...

Gender and Society in Renaissance Italy

by Judith C. Brown & Robert C. Davis

This major new collection of essays by leading scholars of Renaissance Italy transforms many of our existing notions about Renaissance politics, economy, social life, religion, medicine, and art. All the essays...