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Boccaccian Renaissance

by Martin Eisner & David Lummus University of Notre Dame Press (June 25, 2019)

A Boccaccian Renaissance brings together essays written by internationally recognized scholars in diverse national traditions to respond to the largely unaddressed question of Boccaccio’s impact on early modern...

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

by Edward Wilson-Lee Scribner (March 12, 2019)

“Like a Renaissance wonder cabinet, full of surprises and opening up into a lost world.” —Stephen Greenblatt

“A captivating adventure…For lovers of history, Wilson-Lee offers a thrill on almost every...

The Refugee-Diplomat

by Diego Pirillo Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

The establishment of permanent embassies in fifteenth-century Italy has traditionally been regarded as the moment of transition between medieval and modern diplomacy. In The Refugee-Diplomat, Diego Pirillo offers...

The Barbary Corsairs

by Jacques Heers Skyhorse (November 13, 2018)

The Barbary corsairs first appeared to terrorize shipping at the end of the fifteenth century. These Muslim pirates sailed out of the ports of North Africa, primarily Sal?, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli....

Europe in Flames

by John Matusiak The History Press (September 03, 2018)

‘War,’ wrote Cardinal Richelieu, ‘is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men’. Yet the prelate’s mournful observation scarcely begins to encapsulate the full complexity and...

Spirituality and Reform

by Calvin Lane Fortress Academic (August 15, 2018)

In colorful detail, Calvin Lane explores the dynamic intersection between reform movements and everyday Christian practice from ca. 1000 to ca. 1800. Lowering the artificial boundaries between “the Middle...

The Captive Sea

by Daniel Hershenzon University of Pennsylvania Press (August 01, 2018)

In The Captive Sea, Daniel Hershenzon explores the entangled histories of Muslim and Christian captives—and, by extension, of the Spanish Empire, Ottoman Algiers, and Morocco—in the seventeenth century to...

Venice's Intimate Empire

by Erin Maglaque Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

Mining private writings and humanist texts, Erin Maglaque explores the lives and careers of two Venetian noblemen, Giovanni Bembo and Pietro Coppo, who were appointed as colonial administrators and governors....

Hell or Some Worse Place: Kinsale 1601

by Des Ekin The O'Brien Press (April 24, 2018)

Kinsale, Ireland: Christmas Eve, 1601

As thunder crashes and lightning rakes the sky, three very different commanders line up for a battle that will decide the fate of a nation.

General Juan del Águila has been...

Francis I

by Leonie Frieda Harper (April 10, 2018)

The bestselling author of Catherine de Medici returns to sixteenth-century Europe in this evocative and entertaining biography that recreates a remarkable era of French history and brings to life a great monarch—Francis...

The Venetian Qur'an

by Pier Mattia Tommasino & Sylvia Notini University of Pennsylvania Press (March 26, 2018)

An anonymous book appeared in Venice in 1547 titled L'Alcorano di Macometto, and, according to the title page, it contained "the doctrine, life, customs, and laws [of Mohammed] . . . newly translated from Arabic...

Reformation Theology

by Bradford Littlejohn & Jonathan Roberts The Davenant Institute (November 14, 2017)

Few episodes in Western history have so shaped our world as the Protestant Reformation and the counter-Reformations which accompanied it. The Reformation tore the seamless garment of Western Christendom in two,...

Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic

by Peter C. Mancall University of Pennsylvania Press (November 07, 2017)

In the sixteenth-century Atlantic world, nature and culture swirled in people's minds to produce fantastic images. In the South of France, a cloister's painted wooden panels greeted parishioners with vivid depictions...

The English Renaissance and the Far East

by Adele Lee Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (October 25, 2017)

The English Renaissance and the Far East: Cross-Cultural Encounters is an original and timely examination of cultural encounters between Britain, China, and Japan. It challenges accepted, Anglocentric models...

Ingratiation from the Renaissance to the Present

by Jeff Diamond Lexington Books (June 21, 2017)

Ingratiation from the Renaissance to the Present explores a common ethical problem for intellectuals of the Renaissance: How does one win the favor and patronage of the wealthy and powerful and yet maintain...

The Rise of the Ottoman Empire - History 5th Grade | Children's Renaissance Books

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (June 15, 2017)

The Ottoman Empire was one of the most popular empires in history. This book will discuss the many facts of the Ottoman Empire, along with the notable achievements achieved during their time. Learning about...

The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart

by Sarah Fraser William Collins (May 04, 2017)

Henry Stuart’s life is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale. Shadowed by the gravity of the Thirty Years’ War and the huge changes taking place across Europe in seventeenth-century society, economy, politics...

Things You Didn't Know about the Renaissance | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Pretty tails belong to the most magnificent sea creatures! But did you know that tails move on differently depending on which creatures they're attached to? Whales move their tales up and down while Nemo the...

Crazy Inventions Made During the Renaissance | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

The renaissance period has so much to share and to teach today’s young children. This book is all about the crazy but really impressive inventions made during the said period. Bring renaissance back to life...

The Renaissance: Science and Art Combined | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

During the Renaissance period, artists and scientists were considered as the highest individuals in society. Their work was much admired and they were fully supported by everyone. Let’s read some interesting...

Religion and Politics in the Renaissance | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Religion and politics during the Renaissance period could be complex topics for young learners to digest, don't you think? Well, with the right learning materials, they can actually be broken into bits and pieces...

The Artistic Advancements of the Renaissance | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

The Renaissance period is widely celebrated for the artistic advancements that happened during the time. Even the artists that we know of today, like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, lived and dominated...

The Daily Life of a Renaissance Child | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

How you live today is very different from how a Renaissance child lived. There were no cellphones and gadgets then so play was very different. Take a look at The Daily Life of a Renaissance Child and maybe you...

Leonardo Da Vinci's Role in the Renaissance | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Leonardo Da Vinci was a great man with many achievements. In fact, he was one of those who made the Renaissance the Renaissance. In this book, we're going to take a look at the life and words of Leonardo. There...

Florence, Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

The renaissance period is long gone but its influence can still be felt up until the present times. Reading the contents of this book, your child will understand more about the period and why Florence, Italy...

Modern Technologies Invented in the Renaissance | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Everything you see and experience these days started from small beginnings. Therefore, to truly appreciate the life you’re living today, you must first understand the origins of things. Listening to your history...

Galileo, Michelangelo and Da Vinci: Invention and Discovery in the Time of the Renaissance

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

This book must be one of the best references in the science’s invention department of the renaissance. Featuring three of the greatest men on history, this book is your lightweight partner in the academe and...

Gross Facts about the Renaissance Scientists | Children's Renaissance History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Before a great discovery, the Renaissance scientists had to endure long days of working in sometimes unhygienic places. You need to know these gross facts in order to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation...

Love's Wounds

by Cynthia N. Nazarian Cornell University Press (January 01, 2017)

Love's Wounds takes an in-depth look at the widespread language of violence and abjection in early modern European love poetry. Beginning in fourteenth-century Italy, this book shows how Petrarch established...

Strangers Nowhere in the World: The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern Europe

by Margaret C. Jacob University of Pennsylvania Press (December 02, 2016)

Drawing on sources as various as Inquisition records and spy reports, minutes of scientific societies and the writings of political revolutionaries, Margaret C. Jacob reveals a moment in European history when...

The Art of English Poesy, Critical Edition

by George Puttenham, Frank Whigham & Wayne A. Rebhorn Cornell University Press (October 03, 2016)

George Puttenham's Art of English Poesy is a foundational work of English Renaissance criticism and literary theory. Rich in detail about the nature, purpose, and functions of poetry as well as the poet's character...

The Noisy Renaissance

by Niall Atkinson Penn State University Press (August 09, 2016)

From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual...

The Waning of the Middle Ages

by Johan Huizinga Dover Publications (July 07, 2016)

This classic study of art, life, and thought in France and the Netherlands during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries ranks as one of the most perceptive analyses of the medieval period. A brilliantly creative...

The Arras Witch Treatises

by Andrew Colin Gow, Robert B. Desjardins & François V. Pageau Penn State University Press (April 25, 2016)

This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts—Tinctor’s Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in...

The Battle of Lepanto

by 50 minutes 50Minutes.com (April 25, 2016)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the events of the Battle of Lepanto in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the Battle of Lepanto....

Oil and Marble

by Stephanie Storey Arcade (March 01, 2016)

In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From...

Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics in the Early Modern World

by Londa Schiebinger & Claudia Swan University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2016)

A wide-ranging collection of essays on plants as market forces.


by James W. White Cornell University Press (February 11, 2016)

The reign of the Tokugawa shoguns was a time of statebuilding and cultural transformation, but it was also a period of ikki: peasant rebellion. James W. White reconstructs the pattern of social conflict in early...

Raphael’s Ostrich

by Una Roman D’Elia Penn State University Press (January 12, 2016)

Raphael’s Ostrich begins with a little-studied aspect of Raphael’s painting—the ostrich, which appears as an attribute of Justice, painted in the Sala di Costantino in the Vatican. Una Roman D’Elia traces...

Disknowledge: Literature, Alchemy, and the End of Humanism in Renaissance England

by Katherine Eggert University of Pennsylvania Press (October 02, 2015)

Katherine Eggert explores the crumbling state of humanistic learning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the benefits of relying on alchemy despite its recognized flaws.

Sociology of the Renaissance

by Alfred von Martin & Gertrud Lenzer Transaction Publishers (November 04, 2015)

“Presents a unified treatment of the sociological aspects of the Renaissance. . . . Only a master of the subject could have so clearly revealed the social dynamic of the movement in its origin, its full tide,...

The Americas in the Spanish World Order: The Justification for Conquest in the Seventeenth Century

by James Muldoon University of Pennsylvania Press (September 01, 2015)

"An important book that clarifies both the continued Spanish preoccupation with the legitimacy of conquest and colonization of the Americas and the persistent strength of medieval intellectual thought dating...

Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth

by Steven W. May & Arthur F. Marotti Cornell University Press (December 19, 2014)

In Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth, Steven W. May and Arthur F. Marotti present a recently discovered “household book” from sixteenth-century England. Its main scribe, John Hanson, was a yeoman...

Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table

by Katherine A. McIver Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 05, 2014)

Renaissance Italy’s art, literature, and culture continue to fascinate. The domestic life has been examined more in recent years, and this book reveals the preparation, eating, and the sociability of dining...

Leonardo's Brain

by Leonard Shlain Lyons Press (October 21, 2014)

Best-selling author Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy...

Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France

by Tracy Adams Penn State University Press (September 05, 2014)

In Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France, Tracy Adams offers a reevaluation of Christine de Pizan’s literary engagement with contemporary politics. Adams locates Christine’s works within a detailed...

The End of Satisfaction

by Heather Hirschfeld Cornell University Press (April 17, 2014)

In The End of Satisfaction, Heather Hirschfeld recovers the historical specificity and the conceptual vigor of the term “satisfaction” during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Focusing on the...

The Vatican Heresy

by Robert Bauval, Chiara Hohenzollern & Sandro Zicari Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (March 01, 2014)

Reveals how the largest Sun Temple in the world, built according to Hermetic principles, is located at one of Christianity’s holiest sites: the Vatican

• Shows how famous Renaissance philosophers and scientists...

Poison's Dark Works in Renaissance England

by Miranda Wilson Bucknell University Press (December 24, 2013)

Poison's Dark Works in Renaissance England explores the ways English writings about poisoning prompted new ways of thinking about the world. Placing medical, legal, technical, and scientific texts in conversation...

Magic in the Cloister

by Sophie Page Penn State University Press (October 21, 2013)

During the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries a group of monks with occult interests donated what became a remarkable collection of more than thirty magic texts to the library of the Benedictine...