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How History's Greatest Pirates Pillaged, Plundered, and Got Away With It

by Benerson Little

Not simple retellings of the tried and true stories of buccaneers on the high seas, this book focuses on pirating tactics of the 1500s through 1800s to give the reader a view of how pirates functioned through...


Literary Sociability in Early Modern England

by Paul Trolander

This study represents a significant reinterpretation of literary networks during what is often called the transition from manuscript to print during the early modern period. It is based on a survey of 28,000...


The Long Journey of Gracia Mendes

by Marianna D. Birnbaum

The historical biography of a true Jewish heroine in her day, Gracia Mendes. Born in 1510 in Portugal, the book details this woman's extraordinary personality until her death in 1569 in Constantinople (today's...


Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment

by Sarah Eron

Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment reconsiders theories of apostrophe and poetic authority to argue that the Augustan age created a new form of inspiration, one that not only changed the relationship of...


Papacy, Religious Orders, and International Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Autori Vari & Massimo Carlo Giannini

During the early modern age religious orders had to interpret papal strategies and directives in international politics in the light of a substantial ambiguity. They were loyal subjects of the pope, but also...


The Life of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

by David Bruce

The social conscience of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1845) developed as he operated a brewery in Spitalfields, nineteenth-century London’s poorest parish. His interest and research on penal discipline brought...


Historical Dictionary of the Enlightenment

by Harvey Chisick

The Enlightenment Movement changed society forever, driving it forward through new and fresh ways of thinking about science, religion, history, politics, and culture. This dictionary offers a balanced overview...


The Mayflower Pilgrims

by Derek Wilson

The voyage of the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ from Plymouth, England, and their settlement in Plymouth, New England, is iconic. Unfortunately.

Why unfortunately? Because icons both simplify and glamorise. The Mayflower...


The Color of Equality

by Devin J. Vartija

The Enlightenment is often either praised as the wellspring of modern egalitarianism or condemned as the cradle of scientific racism. How should we make sense of this paradox? The Color of Equality is the first...


The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano

by Olaudah Equiano & Tom Butler-Bowdon

DISCOVER THE INDIGNITIES AND REALITIES OF SLAVERY FROM A CAPTIVATING FIRST-HAND NARRATIVE

Olaudah Equiano’s interesting narrative is an astonishing first-hand account of kidnapping, enslavement and eventual...


Sleep, Death, and Rebirth

by Zvi Ish-Shalom

  • Examines provocative topics in the study of religion and kabbalah, illuminating key issues in exciting new ways
  • The first study to explore the role of sleep, death, and rebirth in kabbalistic contemplative practice...


Disaster Narratives in Early Modern Naples

by Domenico Cecere, Chiara De Caprio, Lorenza Gianfrancesco & Pasquale Palmieri

This volume deals with natural disasters in late medieval and early modern central and southern Italy. Contributions look at a range of catastrophic events such as eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, floods, earthquakes,...


The Age of Intoxication

by Benjamin Breen

Eating the flesh of an Egyptian mummy prevents the plague. Distilled poppies reduce melancholy. A Turkish drink called coffee increases alertness. Tobacco cures cancer. Such beliefs circulated in the seventeenth...


The Age of Intoxication

by Benjamin Breen

Eating the flesh of an Egyptian mummy prevents the plague. Distilled poppies reduce melancholy. A Turkish drink called coffee increases alertness. Tobacco cures cancer. Such beliefs circulated in the seventeenth...


The City as Anthology

by Kathryn Babayan

Household anthologies of seventeenth-century Isfahan collected everyday texts and objects, from portraits, letters, and poems to marriage contracts and talismans. With these family collections, Kathryn Babayan...


The Loss of the "Trades Increase"

by Richmond Barbour

Was it the Titanic of its age?

Christened by an optimistic King James I in December 1609, the Trades Increase was the greatest English merchant vessel of the Jacobean era—a magnificent ship embodying the hopes...


The Loss of the "Trades Increase"

by Richmond Barbour

Was it the Titanic of its age?

Christened by an optimistic King James I in December 1609, the Trades Increase was the greatest English merchant vessel of the Jacobean era—a magnificent ship embodying the hopes...


Staging Civilization

by Rahul Markovits, Jane Marie Todd & David A. Bell

Eighteenth-century France is understood to have been the dominant cultural power on that era’s international scene. Considering the emblematic case of the theater, Rahul Markovits goes beyond the idea of "French...


Unity in Faith?

by James White

Established in 1800, edinoverie (translated as "unity in faith") was intended to draw back those who had broken with the Russian Orthodox Church over ritual reforms in the 17th century. Called Old Believers,...


In the Shelter of the Pine

by Ōgimachi Machiko & G. G. Rowley

In the early eighteenth century, the noblewoman Ōgimachi Machiko composed a memoir of Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, the powerful samurai for whom she had served as a concubine for twenty years. Machiko assisted Yoshiyasu...