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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...

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

by Jerry Brotton

The gripping story of Queen Elizabeth’s bold alliance with the Ottoman sultan by The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps (published in the UK as This Orient Isle)


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 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...

The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

by Paul Strathern

A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici.

A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe,...

The Lustful Youth of Rodrigo Borgia

by Michela Martignoni & Elena Martignoni

Rodrigo Borgia is destined to become Pope Alexander VI, one of the most powerful and corrupt men of the 15th century, but what of his youth? Called to Rome with his brother at seventeen, the hot-blooded Spaniard...

Practicing the City

Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics in the Early Modern World

by Londa Schiebinger & Claudia Swan

A wide-ranging collection of essays on plants as market forces.

The Day the Renaissance Was Saved: The Battle of Anghiari and da Vinci's Lost Masterpiece

by Niccolo Capponi & Andre Naffis-Sahely

It was a battle that change the course of history, and was immortalized in a massive painting by Leonardo da Vinci that was thought lost for centuries . . . until now. 


On a sweltering day in June 1440, near...

Indispensable immigrants

Sociology of the Renaissance

by Alfred von Martin & Gertrud Lenzer

“Presents a unified treatment of the sociological aspects of the Renaissance. . . . Only a master of the subject could have so clearly revealed the social dynamic of the movement in its origin, its full tide,...

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...

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...

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...