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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...


The Inca Princesses: Tales of the Indies

by Stuart Stirling

Stuart Stirling tells the history of the Inca princesses and of their conquistador lovers and descendants.


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...


The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey: Plots and Politics in Restoration London

by Alan Marshall

On the evening of 17 October 1678 the body of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, a Westminster Justice of the Peace, was discovered in a ditch near Primrose Hill. He had been pierced with his own sword and apparently...


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...


The Stuart Courts

by Eveline Cruickshanks

The regal courts of the English Stuart kings, from James I (1603-1625) to the ill-fated James II (1685-1689), were magnificent affairs. In a country otherwise given to increasingly austere Puritan ways of living,...


Forms in Early Modern Utopia: The Ethnography of Perfection

by Nina Chordas

Though much has been written about early modern imperialism in America, Nina Chordas brings a fresh perspective to the topic by exploring it through the genres of utopia. Her analysis shows early modern utopia...


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...


Giordano Bruno: His Life, Thought, and Martyrdom

by William Boulting

This comprehensive book outlines the life and works of an important revolutionary intellectual of the 16th Century. This book follows Bruno's life and the development of his thought in the order in which he...