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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...


Philosophy of Religion in the Renaissance

by Paul Richard Blum

The Philosophy of Religion is one result of the Early Modern Reformation movements, as competing theologies purported truth claims which were equal in strength and different in contents. Renaissance thought,...


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...


A Brief History of Henry VIII: King, Reformer and Tyrant

by Derek Wilson

Henry VIII changed the course of English life more completely than any monarch since the Conquest. In the portraits of Holbein, Henry Tudor stands proud as one of the most powerful figures in renaissance Europe....


Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe: Geography, Performance, Privacy

by Angela Vanhaelen & Joseph P. Ward

Broadening the conversation begun in Making Publics in Early Modern Europe (2009), this book examines how the spatial dynamics of public making changed the shape of early modern society. The publics visited...


Private World of Ottoman Women

by Godfrey Goodwin

Recovering the oft-neglected role of women in Ottoman high society and power politics, this book brings to life the women who made their mark in a male domain. Though historical records tend to favour the glitter...


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...


Mayflower: The Voyage that Changed the World

by Christopher Hilton

The band of Puritan emigres that left Southampton in 1620 to found a godly colony in Virginia (as the eastern seaboard of the North American continent was known then) carried with them the ideological seed-corn...


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,...


A Brief History of the English Civil Wars

by John Miller

The English Civil War is one of the most hotly contested areas of English History and John Miller is one of the experts on the period. Amid dramatic accounts of the key battles and confrontations, Miller explores...