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Originally published in 1968 this book is an unforgettable portrait of an impoverished orphaned daughter of the Medici, pitchforked at the age of fourteen into her royal destiny and having to bear the rivalry of Diane de Poiters and the description `the Florentine shopkeeper' who nevertheless became one of the most powerful characters in the shaping of sixteenth century Europe.
Originally published in 1982, this book tackles the underlying problem of what is meant by `the Renaissance' and outlines those social, economic and topographical factors which triggered it off. It covers a number of subjects, the family, war, trade, religion and art but recognizing that the Renaissance was essentially an urban growth it focusses on 7 great Italian cities: Florence, Rome, Venice, Milan, Urbino, Mantua and Ferrara. It also includes studies of some extraordinary Renaissance individuals: Federigo Montefeltro, Isabella d'Este, Machiavelli, Baldasssare Castiglione, and the Medici clan, among others.
Originally published in 1970, this book offered a fresh look at the triumph and turmoil of the Renaissance by examining the lives and power of the princes of Italy, who ruled the many independent states and who dominated the society which nurtured the Renaissance painters, sculptors, writers and architects. The book discusses their magnificence, deceit and cruelty, their cultivation and moral corruption and includes specific chapters on Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, Ercole d'Este, Pope Julius II and Sigismondo Malatesta.
When this book was first published in 1927 there was a dearth of material written in English about the leading women of Florence at the time of the Renaissance. This volume, based primarily on their own letters, filled that gap. As well as discussing the characters and domestic life of these influential women, the book includes many of their most significant letters.
Originally published between 1927 and 1982, the volumes in this set: Outline the social, economic and topographical factors which brought about the Renaissance Examine the great Italian Renaissance cities and their families. Two volume focus in particular on the Medici women. Discuss the French Renaissance and its literary and artistic heritage. Survey the artistic manifestations of European Renaissance with particular reference to early 20th Century London collections in Sculpture, Art, Bronzes, Ceramics and Glass. Contrast various currents of thought in the Renaissance with their medieval counterparts or forerunners.
Originally published in 1978 this book assesses the Medici achievements as they appear to the 21st Century reader. As well as discussing individuals from the Medici clan, Medicean politics, bloodshed and conspiracies are also examined and relations with the other city states. Much of the material is based upon Medici archives and helps to provide a distinctive view of the Medici mystique.
Originally published in 1967, this book discusses some key writers of the Renaissance: Machiavelli, Castiglione, Bacon and Hobbes and compares their work by relating it that of others in England and elsewhere. Chapters on Bacon contain references to Galileo and Descartes; the chapter on Castiglione also touches on Montaigne. The book also contrasts various currents of thought in the Renaissance with their medieval counterparts or forerunners. The volume isolates the great themes, or revolutionary shifts in as they manifest themselves in the work of important writers and thinkers.
Originally published in 1960, paints a picture of what life was like in Renaissance Florence. It examines private and public life of Florentine citizens, governance and defence; the life of women; domestic arrangements; ritual and ceremony, siege and plague.
Originally published in 1933 this volume traces the history of the Renaissance in Europe and shows how its artistic manifestations differed in each successive country, drawing reference from the numerous works of art that were in the London Museums and galleries in the early 20th Century. Among other things, the book covers Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Manuscripts, Bronzes, Ceramics, Jewellery and Glass.
Originally published in 1968 this collection of essays is authored by scholars from the UK, Europe and the U. S. A. and covers Renaissance art, prose and poetry including discussions on the work of Montaigne, Rabelais, Flaubert and Baudelaire.
Originally published in 1962, the second volume of how the psychological structure of German politics evolved deals with the age of monarchical absolutism and intellectual enlightenment, i.e. the last one and a half centuries of the Roman-German Empire. It traces the political principles which inspired the leading statesmen, the advocates of reforms and their adversaries, as well as the various social groups. This is a history of ideal and ideologies, of public opinions and of the ideas which a people holds of itself and other peoples and vice versa. It paved the way for an unprejudiced view of nations by comparing their thought and actions under comparable circumstances and investigating parallels and differences from a sociological point of view.
When originally published in 1945 this book was the first to give a detailed account, based largely upon original sources, of the `Scheldt Question' from its medieval origins to the settlement of 1839 and to set it against an adequate background of political and economic history. The river Scheldt, the waterway giving access to the port of Antwerp which was so much in the news during the Allied liberation of Belgium and Holland was for centuries the subject of an international question in which all the leading states of Europe were at different times involved. The later part of the book is based on archival researches including the private papers of Lord Palmerston.