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The Last Alchemist

by Iain McCalman

Freemason ... Shaman ... Prophet ... Seducer ... Swindler ... Thief ... Heretic

Who was the mysterious Count Cagliostro?

Depending on whom you ask, he was either a great healer or a dangerous charlatan. Internationally...


Crowded with Genius: Edinburgh, 1745-1789

by James Buchan

In the early eighteenth century, Edinburgh was a filthy backwater town synonymous with poverty and disease. Yet by century's end, it had become the marvel of modern Europe, home to the finest minds of the day...


Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture

by Sharon Alker & Leith Davis

The fourteen essays included in Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture re-orient scholarly understanding of Robert Burns by focusing on the reception and representation of the Scottish poet and songwriter in...


Discourses and Representations of Friendship in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700

by Daniel T. Lochman & Maritere López

Interdisciplinary in scope, this collection examines the varied and complex ways in which early modern Europeans imagined, discussed and enacted friendship, a fundamentally elective relationship between individuals...


Psalms in the Early Modern World

by Linda Phyllis Austern & Kari Boyd McBride

The first book to explore the use, interpretation, development, translation and influence of the Psalms in the Atlantic world during 1400-1800, this volume showcases essays by scholars from literature, history,...


Ridicule, Religion and the Politics of Wit in Augustan England

by Roger D. Lund

Arguing for wit's importance beyond its use as a literary device, Lund traces the process by which writers in Restoration and eighteenth-century England struggled to define an appropriate role for wit in the...


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...