The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings--the dazzling handiwork of the city's skilled artists and architects.
New York Times Notable Book of 2018
Library Journal Best Book of 2018
An award-winning historian’s revisionary account of the early modern world, showing how apocalyptic ideas stimulated political, religious, and intellectual transformations
“A masterful synthesis of the prognostications of faith, knowledge, and politics on a global stage.
“[The Shadow Drawing] reorients our perspective, distills a life and brings it into focus—the very work of revision and refining that its subject loved best.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times (Editors’ Choice)
An entirely new account of Leonardo the artist and Leonardo the scientist, and why they were one and the same man.
A sweeping and magisterial four-hundred-year history of both the city and the people who gave birth to the Renaissance.
Between the birth of Dante in 1265 and the death of Galileo in 1642, something happened that transformed the entire culture of western civilization.
Catherine Parr called her 'that hell', while Queen Mary I called her 'my good Nann'. Lady-in-waiting to each of Henry VIII's six queens, Anne Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, witnessed the reigns of Henry VIII and each of his three children. When her sister-in-law Jane became Henry's third queen, Anne shared her husband Edward Seymour's rise to power - and his tragic fall.
All too often, a dynasty is defined by its men, with the women depicted as shadowy figures whose value lies in the inheritance they brought, or the children they produced.
In this fresh and original monograph on the ecclesiology of John Calvin, Tadataka Maruyama sifts exhaustively through the corpus of Calvin's writings--in both Latin and French--to crystalize the French reformer's conception of the Christian church.
'A compelling and wry narrative of one of the most intellectually thrilling eras of British history' Guardian.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE 2020
England, 1651. Oliver Cromwell has defeated his royalist opponents in two civil wars, executed the Stuart king Charles I, laid waste to Ireland, and crushed the late king's son
This book tells the story of a Hampshire man who, during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, achieved prominence from a relatively modest but well connected background. He was close to centers of power throughout his life and was inevitably involved in the political and religious issues of the time.