How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians by Rudolph M. Bell

By Rudolph M. Bell

How to Do It indicates us sixteenth-century Italy from a completely new viewpoint: via manuals which have been staples within the families of middlebrow Italians purely attempting to lead greater lives. Addressing demanding situations equivalent to tips to conceive a boy, the manuals provided feedback akin to tying a tourniquet round your husband's left testicle. Or if you are looking to goad lady wishes, throw ninety grubs in a liter of olive oil, enable steep within the solar for every week and observe liberally at the male anatomy. Bell's trip via booklets lengthy pushed aside via students as being of little literary price supplies us a clean and strangely enjoyable social history.

"Lively and curious analyzing, fairly in its cascade of anecdote, provided in a breezy, comfortable, journalistic style." —Lauro Martines, Times Literary Supplement

"[Bell's] attention-grabbing e-book is a window on a misplaced international a long way closer to our personal than we would think. . . . How friendly to learn his pleasant, informative and sometimes hilarious book." —Kate Saunders, The Independent

"An striking paintings which blends the realized with the frankly bizarre." —The Economist

"Professor Bell has a sly humorousness and an enviably robust abdominal. . . . He desires to know the way humans truly behaved, no longer how the Church or philosophers or earnest humanists proposal they need to behave. I enjoyed this book." —Christopher Stace, Daily Telegraph

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The Dream of Descartes by Gregor Sebba, Richard A. Watson

By Gregor Sebba, Richard A. Watson

The past due Gregor Sebba used to be keen on describing his huge Bibliographia Cartesiana: A severe consultant to the Descartes Literature, 1800–1960 as a derivative of his study started in 1949 for a piece of writing he had in brain titled The Dream of Descartes. The bibliography has been integral to Descartes students considering that its visual appeal in 1964. while Sebba died in 1985, his manuscript for The Dream of Descartes was once nonetheless unfinished. right here, with fabrics supplied by means of An?bal A. Bue?o, Richard H. Popkin, and Helen Sebba, Richard A. Watson offers the finished paintings in keeping with a 1973 draft, letters, outlines, and different manuscript fabric. the result's a desirable research of Descartes’ desires as seminal within the inventive strategy of genius.

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Locke, Literary Criticism, and Philosophy by William Walker

By William Walker

William Walker's research of John Locke's An Essay referring to Human knowing deals a not easy and provocative evaluation of Locke's significance as a philosopher, bridging the space among philosophical and literary-critical dialogue of his paintings. he's printed as an important determine for rising modernity, much less the conventional empiricist innovator and extra a proto-Nietzschean philosopher. Walker's examining of Locke is finely conscious of the textual content and ingenious in putting the Essay in its broadest philosophical and old context.

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Renaissance Theory (The Art Seminar) by James Elkins, Robert Williams

By James Elkins, Robert Williams

Renaissance Theory offers an lively dialog between artwork historians concerning the optimum methods of conceptualizing Renaissance paintings, and the hyperlinks among Renaissance paintings and modern artwork and conception. this can be the 1st dialogue of its sort, related to not just questions inside of Renaissance scholarship, yet problems with crisis to paintings historians and critics in all fields. equipped as a digital roundtable dialogue, the participants talk about rifts and disagreements approximately the best way to comprehend the Renaissance and debate the critical texts and authors of the last thirty years who've sought to reconceptualize the interval. They then flip to the problem of the relation among smooth paintings and the Renaissance: Why do sleek artwork historians and critics so seldom check with the Renaissance? Is the Renaissance our quintessential history, or are we bring to an end from it by way of the revolution of modernism?

The quantity comprises an advent through Rebecca Zorach and ultimate, synoptic essays, in addition to contributions from the most sought after thinkers on Renaissance paintings together with Stephen Campbell, Michael Cole, Frederika Jakobs, Claire Farago, and Matt Kavaler.

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Siege Warfare: The Fortress in the Early Modern World by Christopher Duffy

By Christopher Duffy

This vintage textual content is the 1st built-in survey of the phenomenon of siege conflict in the course of its so much artistic interval. Duffy demonstrates the results of the fort for questions of army association, technique, geography, legislations, architectural values, city lifestyles and symbolism and mind's eye. The publication is definitely illustrated, and should be a worthy spouse for lovers of army and architectural heritage, in addition to the overall medievalist.

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Lepanto 1571: The Greatest Naval Battle of the Renaissance by Angus Konstam

By Angus Konstam

For far of the sixteenth century the Mediterranean used to be a battleground among Christians and Muslims. A decisive conflict among huge galley fleets used to be anticipated to make a decision the destiny of the full Mediterranean basin. In August 1571, an Ottoman fleet of a few 235 galleys encountered the marginally smaller Christian fleet of the Holy League. In a 5 hour melee the Christians inflicted a decisive defeat at the Turks. Lepanto used to be the final nice galley struggle of all time and the most decisive naval battles in heritage. This booklet information the process probably the most the most important army campaigns of the Renaissance.

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Leonardo da Vinci by Anna Abraham

By Anna Abraham

Leonardo da Vinci personified the Renaissance, the intense age within which he lived. top referred to as one of many world's maximum painters, he sketched the principles for innovations that will now not come to fruition for hundreds of years. Born a bastard in a hillside village in northern Italy, Leonardo grew to become the protégé of princes, popes, and kings. He mastered such a lot of branches of technology that students nonetheless debate even if he used to be larger as an anatomist, botanist, cartographer, engineer, geographer, or naturalist.

Nevertheless, he died unsatisfied, believing he had did not paintings the miracles of which he had dreamed. here's his remarkable tale.

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