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The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Law and Literature: Estate, Blood, and Body

by Cheryl L. Nixon

Examining novels by authors such as Haywood, Smollett, and Inchbald, and uncovering new manuscript and print case records, Cheryl Nixon compares tales of fictional orphans to narratives of legal orphans. Focusing...


Critical Discourses of the Fantastic, 1712-1831

by David Sandner

Challenging the idea that fantastic literature emerged in the Romantic period, Sandner shows that fantastic tales were popular throughout the eighteenth century. Reading fiction and criticism by Joseph Addison,...


Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage

by Peter Hyland

Disguise devices figure in many early modern English plays and an examination of them clearly affords an important reflection on the growth of early theatre as well as on important aspects of the developing...


The Isle of Pines, 1668: Henry Neville's Uncertain Utopia

by John Scheckter

In the first full-length study of The Isle of Pines (1668), supported by the first fully critical text, Scheckter discloses how Henry Neville's work offers a critique of scientific discourse, enacts complicated...


Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama

by Michelle M. Dowd & Natasha Korda

Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama investigates the ways in which work became a subject of inquiry on the early modern stage and the processes by which the drama began to forge new connections between...


Epic, Epitome, and the Early Modern Historical Imagination

by Chloe Wheatley

Through analysis of how English writers summarized and abridged history, Wheatley illuminates the connections between an early modern epitome culture and the historical summaries found in the great narrative...


Guilford Courthouse 1781: Lord Cornwallis's Ruinous Victory

by Angus Konstam & Adam Hook

By the Spring of 1781, the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) had dragged on for almost six years and the outcome still hung in the balance. When the British commander Lord Cornwallis launched his invasion...


The Castles of Henry VIII

by Peter Harrington & Brian Delf

In the last years of his reign Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defense to protect England and its newly Protestant Church. Anticipating a foreign onslaught from Catholic Europe after his split...


English Civil War Fortifications 1642-51

by Peter Harrington & Donato Spedaliere

The techniques of European warfare were transformed during the 15th and 16th centuries by the use of gunpowder and by substantial progress in the effectiveness and destructive power of artillery. The series...


Baal's Priests: The Loyalist Clergy and the English Revolution

by Fiona McCall

The English Civil War was a time of disruption, suffering and persecution for many people, not least the clergy of the established church, who found themselves ejected from their livings in increasing numbers...


Dynastic Marriages 1612/1615: A Celebration of the Habsburg and Bourbon Unions

by Margaret M. McGowan

The union of the two royal houses - the Habsburgs and the Bourbons - in the early seventeenth century illustrates the extent to which marriage was a tool of government in Renaissance Europe, and festivals a...


Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day

by Gregory Smith & Jan Gadeyne

Divided into five chronological sections (Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Contemporary) this volume provides readers interested in urban history with a collection of essays on the evolution...


Travel Narratives, the New Science, and Literary Discourse, 1569-1750

by Judy A. Hayden

The focus of this volume is the intersection and the cross-fertilization between the travel narrative, literary discourse and the New Philosophy in the early modern to early eighteenth-century historical periods....


The Girl from Botany Bay

by Carolly Erickson

Acclaim for Carolly Erickson "Carolly Erickson is one of the most accomplished and successful historical biographers writing in English." -The Times Literary Supplement The First Elizabeth "Even more readable...


Reading, Writing, and Errant Subjects in Inquisitorial Spain

by Ryan Prendergast

Reading, Writing, and Errant Subjects in Inquisitorial Spain explores the conception and production of early modern Spanish literary texts in the context of the inquisitorial socio-cultural environment of the...


Pain, Pleasure and Perversity: Discourses of Suffering in Seventeenth-Century England

by John R. Yamamoto-Wilson

Luther's 95 Theses begin and end with the concept of suffering, and the question of why a benevolent God allows his creations to suffer remains one of the central issues of religious thought. In order to chart...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

by Allyson M. Poska & Jane Couchman

This Ashgate Research Companion presents an authoritative review of the current research on women and gender in early modern Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. The authors examine women's lives, ideologies...


Landscape and Identity in North America's Southern Colonies from 1660 to 1745

by Catherine Armstrong

Through an analysis of textual representations of the American landscape, this book looks at how North America appeared in books printed on both sides of the Atlantic between the years 1660 and 1745. A variety...


Women in Stuart England and America: A Comparative Study

by Roger Thompson

Originally published in 1974, this study offers valuable perspectives on the status and roles of women in Stuart England and in the newly settled colonies of North America, particularly Massachusetts and Virginia....


Death Comes to the Maiden: Sex and Execution 1431-1933

by Camille Naish

In 1791, the French femme de lettres Olympe de Gouges wrote that 'as women have the right to take their places on the scaffold, they must also have the right to take their seats in government'. This book explores...