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  • The Last Judgmentby James A. Connor

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 19.99

    Painted on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, 28 years after Michelangelo completed the glorious and hopeful ceiling, The Last Judgment is full of stark images depicting the End of Days. James Connor uses the famous fresco as the lens by which to view the end of the Renaissance, arguing that Michelangelo's imagery and composition reflect the... more...

  • Trickster Travelsby Natalie Zemon Davis

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 18.99

    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 on behalf of the sultan of Fez--is known to historians as Leo Africanus, author of the first geography of Africa to be published... more...

  • Isabella de'Mediciby Caroline P. Murphy

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    The magnificent, alluring and ultimately tragic life of Isabella, the most brilliant woman of the Medici. more...

  • Mary Boleynby Alison Weir

    Random House 2011; US$ 15.98

    Sister to Anne Boleyn and seduced by two kings, Mary Boleyn has long been the subject of scandal and myth. Her affair with Henry VIII fuelled the shocking annulment of his marriage to Anne, and Mary is rumoured to have borne his child in secret. In this, the first full-length biography of Mary Boleyn, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology... more...

  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan Englandby Ian Mortimer

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.98

    The past is a foreign country - this is your guide. We think of Queen Elizabeth I?s reign (1558-1603) as a golden age. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have... more...

  • The Devilby Darren Oldridge

    The History Press 2011; US$ 14.57

    The Devil was a commanding figure in Tudor and Stuart England. He played a leading role in the religious and political conflicts of the age, and inspired great works of poetry and drama. During the turmoil of the English Civil War, fears of a secret conspiracy of Devil-worshippers fuelled a witch-hunt that claimed at least a hundred lives. This book... more...

  • Possessing Natureby Paula Findlen

    University of California Press 1994; US$ 33.95

    In 1500 few Europeans regarded nature as a subject worthy of inquiry. Yet fifty years later the first museums of natural history had appeared in Italy, dedicated to the marvels of nature. Italian patricians, their curiosity fueled by new voyages of exploration and the humanist rediscovery of nature, created vast collections as a means of knowing the... more...

  • Blood and Rosesby Helen Castor

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 13.11

    The Wars of the Roses turned England upside down. Between 1455 and 1485 four kings lost their thrones, more than forty noblemen lost their lives on the battlefield or their heads on the block, and thousands of the men who followed them met violent deaths. Yet almost nothing is known about the thoughts and feelings of the people who lived through this... more...

  • Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic Worldby Roquinaldo Ferreira

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 22.00

    Examining the slave trade between Angola and Brazil, Roquinaldo Ferreira focuses on the cultural ties between the two countries. more...

  • Subaltern Livesby Clare Anderson

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    This fascinating book uses biographical fragments to shed new light on colonial life and convictism in the nineteenth-century Indian Ocean. more...