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Renaissance Encyclopaedism: Studies in Curiosity and Ambition

The information explosion of the last two decades has triggered an interest in the historical precursors of such a phenomenon.

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Representing Heresy in Early Modern France

Heresy is a fluid concept, not easy to define or pinpoint, and certainly one that defies religious and political boundaries. The articles in this volume examine the varieties of perceptions and representations of heresy in early modern France.

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Rituals of Politics and Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honour of Edward Muir

This volume celebrates the considerable contributions of Edward Muir to the history of Renaissance Italy and early modern Europe.

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Crusade Propaganda in Word and Image in Early Modern Italy: Niccolò Guidalottos’ Panorama of Constantinople (1662)

This book carefully dissects and contextualizes a vast seventeenth-century panorama of Constantinople that is not only an exceptional representation of the city, but also an elaborate piece of anti-Ottoman propaganda.

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The Saint between Manuscript and Print: Italy 1400-1600

The twelve essays in this volume identify mutually interactive developments in media and saints’ cults at a time and in a place when both underwent profound change. Focusing on the Italian peninsula between 1400 and 1600, authors analyze specific sites of intense cultural production and innovation.

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Medici Women: The Making of a Dynasty in Grand Ducal Tuscany

The Medici grand ducal family and the court it created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have long fascinated historians and the general public.  It is only in the last decade or so that scholars have begun to reassess their roles and achievements. The aim of this book is to advance that reassessment.

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After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy

The thirteen essays in this volume demonstrate the multiplicity of connections between learning and politics in Renaissance Italy.

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Collaboration, Conflict, and Continuity in the Reformation. Essays in Honour of James M. Estes on His Eightieth Birthday

For several decades James M. Estes has been pointing to the complexity of the problems facing sixteenth-century reformers and the practical solutions they were able to reach. The career of Johannes Brenz, the careful analytical thinking of Philip Melanchthon, and the incessant correspondence of Desiderius Erasmus, all serve as guideposts for Estes’ career as a scholar, but also for this collection of articles in his honour.

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Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts, and Expressions

Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe explores ideas and instances of friendship in premodern Europe through a series of investigations into amity in discrete social and cultural contexts related to some of the most salient moments and expressions of European history and civilization.

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Neo-Latin and the Humanities: Essays in Honour of Charles E. Fantazzi

In their range and breadth, the essays in this collection illustrate the cultural force of Neo-Latin in Early Modern Europe.

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Creating Women: Representation, Self-Representation, and Agency in the Renaissance

This interdisciplinary and diverse collection of articles stems from a conference that centred on the idea of creating women. The verbal adjective in the title was meant to signal a dual meaning: women create and women are created by others.

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Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey

This volume brings together new scholarship in Italian art and culture from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries first presented during April and May 2007 at two conferences celebrating Charles Dempsey on his retirement from teaching at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Creating Magnificence in Renaissance Florence

Peter Howard carefully reconstructs the concept of magnificence by tracing its development through Archbishop Antoninus's texts and his mendicant career in 1420s Florence.

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The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe

Treating the devil not as a reified theological entity but as a dynamic concept that was made and remade over the centuries according to cultural priorities and the exigencies of circumstance, the articles in this collection probe how the devil and demonism operated as explanatory categories that helped create and rationalise experience, thereby shaping the way people lived their lives and understood their place and role in premodern Europe.

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Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond

The articles in this volume provide an overview of the issues and complexities that informed marriage in the premodern West. They provide a series of interdisciplinary and multicultural analyses of an institution that was fundamental across societies and cultures, but manifested in diverse practices and beliefs.

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Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (2nd ed.)

In Florence, in the summer of 1501, a man named Antonio Rinaldeschi was arrested and hanged after throwing horse dung at an outdoor painting of the Virgin Mary. Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence unveils a series of newly discovered sources concerning this striking episode.

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New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler

The twenty essays in this collection examine critical issues in Renaissance art. Written by students of Colin Eisler, professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University for fifty years, and dedicated to him, they serve as a tribute to this exceptional scholar.

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Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe; Essays in Honour of Barbara Todd

This collection of essays shows the remarkable strides the study of gender has made in the decades since Barbara Todd helped reshape the field through her publications and teaching. In Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, gender conventions are examined in regard to men as well as women.

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Savonarola and Savonarolism

Savonarola and Savonarolism retraces the history of the reformer's controversial Florentine period and examines his political, religious, and cultural legacy throughout the sixteenth century in Florence and beyond.

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Disreputable Bodies: Magic, Medicine, and Gender in Renaissance Natural Philosophy

Through a close reading of rarely studied materials, Sergius Kodera examines the contested position of the body in Renaissance philosophy, showing how abstract metaphysical ideas evolved in tandem with the creation of new metaphors that shaped the understanding of early modern political, cultural, and scientific practices.

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The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain

The idea that masculinity has a history is fairly recent. This collection opens new paths in literary and theatre studies by addressing not only how literary texts represented masculinity but how different representational strategies in such texts produce masculinity.

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Faith and Fantasy in the Renaissance: Texts, Images, and Religious Practices

A fundamental aspect of culture in all ages, religion was a particularly crucial issue in the Renaissance. Religion and imagination, or “faith and fantasy”, represent the theme of this volume. These essays explore the intersection between religion and the creative forces of the individuals who wrote about sacred matters, practised their religion, or fashioned religious themes in their artwork.

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Sport and Culture in Early Modern Europe = Le Sport dans la Civilisation de l’Europe Pré-Moderne

This volume deals with a wide range of sports from the thirteenth through to the seventeenth century, placing them within a variety of larger contexts.

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Ars Reminiscendi: Mind and Memory in Renaissance Culture

Acknowledging new direction in scholarship, this volume seeks to trace the plurality and complexity of memory's cultural work throughout the English and Continental Renaissance.

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Renaissance Medievalisms

The articles in this collection seek to contribute to the ongoing debate on the Renaissance and further our understanding of this brilliant period in European history and culture.

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Power, Gender, and Ritual in Europe and the Americas: Essays in Memory of Richard C. Trexler

Richard C. Trexler (1932-2007) was one of our era’s most original historians. The seventeen articles in this collection are inspired by Trexler’s cholarly achievements and pay tribute to a scholar who never tired of pursuing new questions, overturning received assumptions, and sharing his enthusiasm for research with his colleagues and students.

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The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools, and Studies: Essays in Honour of Paul F. Grendler

This volume brings together essays on the intellectual, cultural and social history of the Italian Renaissance, areas of inquiry that Paul F. Grendler has done so much to develop through the decades.

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Florence and Beyond: Culture, Society and Politics in Renaissance Italy: Essays in Honour of John M. Najemy

This volume celebrates the many contributions of John M. Najemy to the study of Florentine and Italian Renaissance history.

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Florence in the Time of the Medici: Public Celebrations, Politics, and Literature in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

This collection presents eight articles by one of the most influential scholars of Florentine culture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Michel Plaisance.

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Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This collection of fifteen essays examines the literary influence of Ovid's Metamorphoses from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth century.

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Christian Magistrate and Territorial Church: Johannes Brenz and the German Reformation

Johannes Brenz affected church life and shaped the Reformation in German-speaking countries well into the 1560s.

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French Ceremonial Entries in the Sixteenth Century: Event, Image, Text

The articles in this volume use a variety of disciplinary approaches to examine, each in its own way, the interpretation of texts and archival documents that record French ceremonial entries in the sixteenth century.

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Reformation Sources: The Letters of Wolfgang Capito and His Fellow Reformers in Alsace and Switzerland

The collection includes interpretive essays, text editions of two of Wolfgang Capito’s works and documents of a lawsuit that affected his establishment in the city, as well as studies of the problems of producing modern editions of Capito himself and his contemporaries Erasmus, Bucer, Bullinger, and Beza.

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At the Centre of the Old World: Trade and Manufacturing in Venice and the Venetian Mainland, 1400–1800

The articles in this volume position Venice and her economy from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century in relation to the larger European and Mediterranean context.

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Sins of the Flesh: Responding to Sexual Disease in Early Modern Europe

The ten essays in this volume seek to gauge the impact of sexual disease on early modern society by exploring the rich variety of ways in which European culture reacted to the presence of a new deadly sexual infection.

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Ave Papa Ave Papabile: The Sacchetti Family, Their Art Patronage, and Political Aspirations

This study examines the art patronage of the Sacchetti family in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in Rome.

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Fantasies of Troy: Classical Tales and the Social Imaginary in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

The fifteen essays in this volume offer compelling new treatments of these now-evaporated fantasies of Troy, which were central to the European social imaginary. The essays consider texts and performances of Troy across a wide generic range-from learned court poetry to burlesque, from treatises on linguistic history to public spectacles.

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Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650)

The papers in this volume highlight sites of social, political, and epistemological tension as Europe slowly moves from the medieval to the modern.

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A Renaissance of Conflicts: Visions and Revisions of Law and Society in Italy and Spain

The essays in this collection study conflict and continuity across the spectrum of political, jurisdictional, and spiritual traditions from late medieval Umbria and Tuscany to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Venice, Rome, and Castile.

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The Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century = Le XIXe siècle renaissant

This collection brings together an international collection of sixteen authors who examine the many Renaissances conceived by European novelists and poets, artists and composers, architects and city planners, political theorists and politicians, businessmen and advertisers.

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The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society 1150-1650

Few scholars have focused on post-pubescent youth in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The seventeen essays in this volume seek to redress this imbalance by offering a sampling of the research currently underway in this field and of the various questions and methodologies that could be useful in the study of teenagers in the 13th-17th centuries.

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