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The Lost Fleet: The Discovery of a Sunken Armada from the Golden Age of Piracy

by Barry Clifford & Kenneth Kinkor

On January 2, 1678, a fleet of French ships sank off the Venezuelan coast. This proved disastrous for French naval power in the region, and sparked the rise of a golden age of piracy.

Tracing the lives of fabled...


The Sistine Secrets

by Benjamin Blech & Roy Doliner

The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork

The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets...


The Plagues of London

by Stephen Porter

Plague was the most deadly disease across Europe for more than four hundred years after the onset of the Black Death in the 1340s. Because of the number of its victims, the foulness of the disease, the disruption...


The Battle for Marston Moor 1644

by John Barratt

On 2 July 1644, six miles from York, 18,000 Royalists led by Prince Rupert, the nephew of King Charles I, fought 27,000 Parliamentarians in an attempt to relieve the Royalist force besieged at York. He failed....


The Great Siege of Chester

by John Barratt

The appalling effects of civil war are often suffered most horrifically by the ordinary men, women and children involuntarily caught up in it, as it tears asunder the very fabric of their lives. Such was the...


The Borgias: The Hidden History

by G.J. Meyer

The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander,...


The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance

by Paul Robert Walker & Paul R. Walker

A lively and intriguing tale of the competition between two artists, culminating in the construction of the Duomo in Florence, this is also the story of a city on the verge of greatness, and the dawn of the...


Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire

by Garry Wills

Garry Wills's Venice: Lion City is a tour de force -- a rich, colorful, and provocative history of the world's most fascinating city in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when it was at the peak of its glory....


A Primer in Theatre History: From the Greeks to the Spanish Golden Age

by William Grange

Grange covers productions, theories, innovations, and plays from ancient Greece to the Spanish Golden Age. It does not read like a scholarly tome as its chapters allow the uninitiated reader access to well-researched...


Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France

by Kathleen Wellman

This book tells the history of the French Renaissance through the lives of its most prominent queens and mistresses, beginning with Agnès Sorel, the first officially recognized royal mistress in 1444; including...


Pizarro: Conqueror of the Inca

by Stuart Stirling

Establishing Francisco Pizarro firmly as a man of his time, Stuart Stirling shows that there was little difference in moral terms between Elizabeth I's political expediency in ordering Mary Queen of Scots's...


Shades of Difference: Mythologies of Skin Color in Early Modern England

by Sujata Iyengar

An exploration of the cultural mythology of skin color during the English Renaissance.


Censorship and Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England

by Debora Shuger

"This is a major work. Shuger deals with the rules of appropriate language use in early modern Europe, making an argument about censorship in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England that is original,...


The Roman Inquisition: A Papal Bureaucracy and Its Laws in the Age of Galileo

by Thomas F. Mayer

As Thomas F. Mayer demonstrates in this first study of the Roman Inquisition as an institution, the Inquisition underwent constant modification as it expanded. Originally aimed to eradicate Protestant heresy,...


Robert Hooke and the Rebuilding of London

by Michael Cooper

Robert Hooke was one of the most gifted men of his age, but because he worked in the sphere of two remarkable men - Issasc Newton and Christopher Wren - his contribution has remained largely overlooked. Michael...


Charles II and the Duke of Buckingham: The Merry Monarch and the Aristocratic Rogue

by David Hanrahan

Of all bad men in a bad time… [Buckingham was] perhaps the worst, without shame, honour or decency.' George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham is one of the most entertaining and shocking of ill-advised royal...


Gender, Sexuality, and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse

by Pamela S. Hammons

An important contribution to recent critical discussions about gender, sexuality, and material culture in Renaissance England, this study analyzes female- and male-authored lyrics to illuminate how gender and...


English Fictions of Communal Identity, 1485-1603

by Joshua Phillips

Focusing on Tudor prose fiction from Malory's Morte D'Arthur through the works of Sir Philip Sidney and Thomas Nashe, this study explores the concept of "collective agency" and the extensive impact it had on...


Sex and Satiric Tragedy in Early Modern England: Penetrating Wit

by Gabriel A. Rieger

Drawing upon recent scholarship in Renaissance studies regarding notions of the body, political, physical and social, this study examines how the satiric tragedians of the English Renaissance employ the languages...


Tarawa: The Incredible Story of One of World War II's Bloodiest Battles

by Robert Sherrod

In the summer of 1943, at the height of World War II, battles were exploding all throughout the Pacific theater. In mid-November of that year, the United States waged a bloody campaign on Betio Island in the...