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  • Fire in the Cityby Lauro Martines

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 18.99

    A gripping and beautifully written narrative that reads like a novel, Fire in the City presents a compelling account of a key moment in the history of the Renaissance, illuminating the remarkable man who dominated the period, the charismatic Savonarola. Lauro Martines, whose decades of scholarship have made him one of the most admired historians... more...

  • The Pope's Daughterby Caroline P. Murphy

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 12.99

    The untold story of Felice della Rovere, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, and her rise to wealth and power in Renaissance Rome. more...

  • Mussolini's Romeby Borden W. Painter

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 31.00

    In 1922 the Fascist 'March on Rome' brought Benito Mussolini to power. He promised Italians that his fascist revolution would unite them as never before and make Italy a strong and respected nation internationally. more...

  • Machiavelliby Ross King

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    The author of The Prince ?his controversial handbook on power, which is one of the most influential books ever written?Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was no prince himself. Born to an established middle-class family, Machiavelli worked as a courtier and diplomat for the Republic of Florence and enjoyed some small fame in his time as the author of... more...

  • The Montefeltro Conspiracyby Marcello Simonetta

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 26.00

    A brutal murder, a nefarious plot, a coded letter. After five hundred years, the most notorious mystery of the Renaissance is finally solved. The Italian Renaissance is remembered as much for intrigue as it is for art, with papal politics and infighting among Italy?s many city-states providing the grist for Machiavelli?s classic work on take-no-prisoners... more...

  • Dark Waterby Robert Clark

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    Birthplace of Michelangelo and home to untold masterpieces, Florence is a city for art lovers. But on November 4, 1966, the rising waters of the Arno threatened to erase over seven centuries of history and human achievement. Now Robert Clark explores the Italian city?s greatest flood and its aftermath through the voices of its witnesses. Two American... more...

  • Mistress of the Vaticanby Eleanor Herman

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    Eleanor Herman, the talented author of the New York Times bestselling Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen goes behind the sacred doors of the Catholic Church in Mistress of the Vatican , a scintillating biography of a powerful yet little-known woman whose remarkable story is ripe with secrets, sex, passion, and ambition. For almost four centuries... more...

  • The Insula of the Menander at Pompeii, 3by Penelope M. Allison

    Oxford University Press, UK 2007; US$ 134.99

    The Insula of the Menander is one of the most completely excavated city blocks in Pompeii, with buildings ranging from small shops to large aristocratic houses. This volume, the third in a series of five volumes examining the Insula, is the first ever comprehensive study of the contents of Pompeian houses and buildings within their original contexts.... more...

  • April Bloodby Lauro Martines

    Oxford University Press, USA 2003; US$ 19.99

    One of the world's leading historians of Renaissance Italy brings to life here the vibrant--and violent--society of fifteenth-century Florence. His disturbing narrative opens up an entire culture, revealing the dark side of Renaissance man and politician Lorenzo de' Medici. On a Sunday in April 1478, assassins attacked Lorenzo and his brother... more...

  • Daily Life in the Roman Cityby GREGORY ALDRETE

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 77.00

    Despite the fact that the majority of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire lived an agricultural existence and thus resided outside of urban centers, there is no denying the fact that the core of Roman civilization?its essential culture and politics?was based in cities. Even at the furthest boundaries of the Empire, Roman cities shared a remarkable... more...