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The Borgias (Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 1)

by Alexandre Dumas

There are many dreadful -- and perhaps scurrilous -- rumors about the Borgia family of renaissance Italy, and Alexandre Dumas (author of "The Three Musketeers" and many other period classics) reveals one possible...


1434

by Gavin Menzies

The New York Times bestselling author of 1421 offers another stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the European Renaissance to Chinese exploration in the...


Between Utopia and Dystopia: Erasmus, Thomas More, and the Humanist Republic of Letters

by Hanan Yoran

Between Utopia and Dystopia offers a new interpretation of Erasmian humanism. It argues that Erasmian humanism created the identity of the universal and critical intellectual, but that this identity undermined...


The First Century of Welfare: Poverty and Poor Relief in Lancashire, 1620-1730

by Jonathan Healey

The English 'Old Poor Law' was the first national system of tax-funded social welfare in the world. It provided a safety net for hundreds of thousands of paupers at a time of very limited national wealth and...


Renaissance Fancies and Studies: Being a Sequel to Euphorion

by Vernon Lee

A groundbreaking critic who also made a name for herself as a writer of supernatural fiction, Violet Paget, writing under the name Vernon Lee, applied her unique analytical lens to the aesthetic and cultural...


Euphorion: Being Studies of the Antique and the Mediaeval in the Renaissance

by Vernon Lee

The female writer and critic born Violet Paget rose to prominence using the pen name Vernon Lee. Over time, she came to be regarded as one of the foremost experts on the Italian Renaissance, and the engaging...


Robert Estienne's Influence on Lexicography

by DeWitt T. Starnes

Towering above printers of his time and their successors for many years afterward was the figure of Robert Estienne, the great French lexicographer of the sixteenth century, whose contribution to knowledge and...


Witches of Fife: Witch-Hunting in a Scottish Shire, 1560-1710

by Stuart MacDonald

Along the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, historical markers and pamphlets now include the fact that some women were executed as witches within these burghs. Still the reality of what...


Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain: Conjugal Doctrine in Lope, Cervantes, and Calderon

by Gabriela Carrión

Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain places dramatic representations of marriage within a historical and social framework and is framed by the decrees of the Council of Trent (1563), which ascribed sacramental...


History of King Charles II of England

by Jacob Abbott

Despite some political turmoil and upheaval linked to ongoing conflict in the clash between Protestantism and Catholicism, the rule of Charles II, who reigned from 1660-1685, was largely a happy time for the...


Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

by St. John D. Seymour

Delve into the dark and mysterious practice of witchcraft throughout Irish history. Spanning centuries of practice from ancient Gaelic times to the turn of the twentieth century, this comprehensive look at pagan...


Rise and fall of a capital. the history of mantua in the words of who wrote about it

by Daniele Lucchini

Following the historical documents with a scholar accuracy, the author of this booklet tells an original history of Mantua, a small town which was the capital of a tiny state and one of the most significant...


Renaissance Truths: Humanism, Scholasticism and the Search for the Perfect Language

by Alan R. Perreiah

For humanists the perfect language was a revived Classical Latin. For scholastics it was a practical logic adapted to the needs of education.Though they have long been portrayed as arch rivals, Alan Perreiah...


Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots

by Margaret Swain

Although a large body of needlework has always been attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, little attempt was made to authenticate these pieces or to explain how so energetic and impetuous a woman could have found...


Mary Queen of Scots in History

by C. A. Campbell

Dozens, if not hundreds, of scholarly works, biographies, and even fictionalized novels have been based on the dramatic life of Mary Queen of Scots, who ruled over both her native Scotland and France before...


Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici

by Miles J. Unger

Magnifico is a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age. A true "Renaissance man," Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and...


Polish Culture in the Renaissance

by Lepri, Valentina (a cura di) & Facca, Danilo (a cura di)

During the most recent conference of the Renaissance Society of America, two sessions were devoted entirely to the Renaissance in Poland. In fifty-nine editions of what is considered the most prestigious international...


Renaissance and Medieval Costume

by Camille Bonnard

This illustrated study displays a detailed gallery of costumes worn in the 11th through the 15th centuries. The 120 full-color plates exhibit apparel worn by nobility, knights, soldiers, the bourgeois, ecclesiastics,...


The Book of the Courtier

by Baldassare Castiglione

An insider's view of court life during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility.


The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

by Jacob Burckhardt

A distinguished scholar explores innovations in art and attitudes in this classic of cultural history. It chronicles the revival of humanism, church/empire conflicts, and the rise of modern government and individualism....