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

by Hanan Yoran Lexington Books (April 19, 2010)

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...

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

by Gabriela Carrión Bucknell University Press (April 18, 2011)

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...

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...

Renaissance and Medieval Costume

by Camille Bonnard Dover Publications (August 24, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

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....

The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli Dover Publications (March 30, 2012)

Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied....

Il Gigante

by Anton Gill St. Martin's Press (October 22, 2013)

At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in...

Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

by Peter Ackroyd St. Martin's Press (October 08, 2013)

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental book in his The History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry...

The Lost Fleet: The Discovery of a Sunken Armada from the Golden Age of Piracy

by Barry Clifford & Kenneth Kinkor HarperCollins e-books (January 26, 2010)

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 HarperOne (October 27, 2009)

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 Feud That Sparked the Renaissance

by Paul Robert Walker HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

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...

Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire

by Garry Wills Washington Square Press (May 28, 2013)

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 UPA (December 14, 2012)

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...

Trickster Travels

by Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 06, 2007)

An engrossing study of Leo Africanus and his famous book, which introduced Africa to European readers

Al-Hasan al-Wazzan--born in Granada to a Muslim family that in 1492 went to Morocco, where he traveled extensively...

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...

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...

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,...

The House Of Medici

by Christopher Hibbert William Morrow Paperbacks (July 17, 2012)

It was a dynasty with more wealth, passion, and power than the houses of Windsor, Kennedy, and Rockefeller combined. It shaped all of Europe and controlled politics, scientists, artists, and even popes, for...

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....

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 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 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...

A History of County Wexford

by Nicholas Furlong Gill Books (October 23, 2003)

Brimming with vitality and information, Nicholas Furlong’s comprehensive A History of County Wexford is an indispensable guide to Wexford’s history, culture and people. Furlong starts with Wexford’s first...

A History of County Galway

by Peadar O'Dowd Gill Books (October 05, 2004)

Peadar O’Dowd’s A History of County Galway is an enjoyable, accessible and informative study of Galway’s history. A comprehensive book that begins with Galway’s geological formation, O’Dowd’s study...

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...


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...

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...

By Force and Fear

by Anne Jacobson Schutte Cornell University Press (July 07, 2011)

An unwilling, desperate nun trapped in the cloister, unable to gain release: such is the image that endures today of monastic life in early modern Europe. In By Force and Fear, Anne Jacobson Schutte demonstrates...

Brokering Empire

by E. Natalie Rothman Cornell University Press (December 02, 2011)

In Brokering Empire, E. Natalie Rothman explores the intersecting worlds of those who regularly traversed the early modern Venetian-Ottoman frontier, including colonial migrants, redeemed slaves, merchants,...

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...

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 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...

Myths of Venice

by David Rosand The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Over the course of several centuries, Venice fashioned and refined a portrait of itself that responded to and exploited historical circumstance. Never conquered and taking its enduring independence as a sign...

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...

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,...