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  • Sleepwalking into a New World: The Emergence of Italian City Communes in the Twelfth Centuryby Chris Wickham

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Amid the disintegration of the Kingdom of Italy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, a new form of collective government?the commune?arose in the cities of northern and central Italy. Sleepwalking into a New World takes a bold new look at how these autonomous city-states came about, and fundamentally alters our understanding of one of the most... more...

  • The Monster of Florenceby Douglas Preston; Mario Spezi

    Grand Central Publishing 2008; US$ 9.99

    In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil") and Erik Larson ("The Devil in the White City"), New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence , Italy . In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family... more...

  • 1434by Gavin Menzies

    HarperCollins 2008; US$ 9.99

    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 fifteenth century. The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result... more...

  • Paradise of Citiesby John Julius Norwich

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 11.99

    John Julius Norwich?s A History of Venice has been dubbed ?indispensable? by none other than Jan Morris. Now, in his second book on the city once known as La Serenissima, Norwich advances the story in this elegant chronicle of a hundred years of Venice?s highs and lows, from its ignominious capture by Napoleon in 1797 to the dawn of the 20th century.... more...

  • The Medieval Super-Companiesby Edwin S. Hunt

    Cambridge University Press 1994; US$ 48.00

    A detailed 1994 description and history of one of the most famous companies of the early fourteenth century, the Peruzzi Company. more...

  • Mafia Brotherhoodsby John Dickie

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; US$ 18.14

    BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is the enthralling new history of Italian organised crime by the author of the international bestseller COSA NOSTRA. Mafia. Camorra. 'Ndrangheta. The Sicilian mafia, or Cosa Nostra, is far from being Italy's only dangerous criminal fraternity. The south of the country hosts two other major mafias: the camorra, from Naples and its... more...

  • Romeby Robert Hughes

    Orion 2011; US$ 17.93

    For almost a thousand years, Rome held sway as the spiritual and artistic centre of the world. Hughes vividly recreates the ancient Rome of Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, Nero, Caligula, Cicero, Martial and Virgil. With the artistic blossoming of the Renaissance, he casts his unwavering critical eye over the great works of Raphael, Michelangelo and... more...

  • Romeby Robert Hughes

    Orion 2011; Not Available

    For almost a thousand years, Rome held sway as the spiritual and artistic centre of the world. Hughes vividly recreates the ancient Rome of Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, Nero, Caligula, Cicero, Martial and Virgil. With the artistic blossoming of the Renaissance, he casts his unwavering critical eye over the great works of Raphael, Michelangelo and... more...

  • Mafia Brotherhoodsby John Dickie

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; Not Available

    BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is the enthralling new history of Italian organised crime by the author of the international bestseller COSA NOSTRA. Mafia. Camorra. 'Ndrangheta. The Sicilian mafia, or Cosa Nostra, is far from being Italy's only dangerous criminal fraternity. The south of the country hosts two other major mafias: the camorra, from Naples and its... more...

  • Watching Vesuviusby Sean Cocco

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 45.00

    Mount Vesuvius has been famous ever since its eruption in 79 CE, when it destroyed and buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But less well-known is the role it played in the science and culture of early modern Italy, as Sean Cocco reveals in this ambitious and wide-ranging study. Humanists began to make pilgrimages to Vesuvius during... more...