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The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>“Superb … A vivid and richly detailed story … worth reading by everyone.” </b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
The Renaissance: Explore the Astonishing Rebirth of European Hist...
by History Compacted

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English

Pages

116

Publication Date

September 08, 2019

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<b>Explore the Fascinating History of the Renaissance </b><br /><br />The Renaissance, a time for change, renewal, rebirth. That’s what we were taught in school, but few of us really understand the complexities of the era. Generations of people don’t understand the bold moves that were made. The risks that were taken by ordinary people whom created exceptional art, music, movements and change like the world had not yet seen.<br /><br />Today, those themes and ideas couldn’t resonate more. In a world that seems to be in a constant state of unrest, with emotions high, and nerves raw, there’s no better time than the present to reflect on the era that did it first and changed lives forevermore. <br /><br />Learn what history books won’t teach you. Discover some of the most interesting and entertaining stories. Immerse yourself in a time when ordinary people, gifted artists, rich, poor, and everyone in between took risks, pushed the envelope, broke barriers, and dared to live life to its fullest, despite the many obstacles in their way.<br /><br />Buy <b><i>The Renaissance: Explore the Astonishing Rebirth of European History From Beginning to End</i></b> and immerse yourself in history’s greatest era today! <br />
The Borgias and Their Enemies, 1431-1519: 1431-1519
by Christopher Hibbert

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

September 16, 2009

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<b>This colorful history of a powerful family brings the world they lived in—the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance—to life.</b><br />  <br /> The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame—Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who inspired Niccolò Machiavelli’s <i>The Prince</i>.<br />  <br /> Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty’s dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale.<br />  <br /> From the author of <i>The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici</i> and other acclaimed works, <i>The Borgias and Their Enemies</i> is “a fascinating read” (<i>Library Journal</i>).<br />  <br />  
The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Dynasty
by Barb Alexander

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

November 03, 2015

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<b>“An entertaining yet highly accurate guide to this larger-than-life royal dynasty” (Claire Ridgway, author of <i>The Fall of Anne Boleyn</i>).</b><br />  <br /> From the bloody Wars of the Roses to Queen Elizabeth I’s iconic rule, the Tudor Dynasty was a fascinating period of English history—and monarchs such as Henry VIII have become a part of modern pop culture, appearing in endless TV shows, novels, and movies, as well as parodies and satires. After all these centuries, how do you separate the truth from the legends?<br />  <br /> This guide—with beautiful color illustrations—debunks the myths, provides lots of fun facts, and offers a journey through the Tudor era that’s not only informative, but humorous and entertaining.<br />  <br /> “A wonderfully irreverent and engaging introduction to the Tudors.” —Suzannah Lipscomb, author of <i>1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII</i><br />  <br /> “Putting the events and people of 500 years ago into a clear, modern context, this is as witty and punchy an introduction to the period as you could hope for.” —Justin Pollard, historical consultant for Showtime’s <i>The Tudors</i>
Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
by Stephanie Storey

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.<br /><br />Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he returns to Florence and wins the commission to carve what will become one of the most famous sculptures of all time: David. Even though his impoverished family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak. Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish carving.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Leonardo's life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he can't seem to finish any project; he is obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a woman he has seen in the market--a merchant's wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.<br /><br />Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo's genius.<br /><br /><i>Oil and Marble</i> is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. <br /><br />Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt

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English

Pages

377

Publication Date

September 26, 2011

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<p><strong>Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction <br /><br />Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction</strong></p><br />One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.<br /><br /><br /><br />Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, <em>On the Nature of Things</em>, by Lucretius—a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.<br /><br /><br /><br />The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
by Paul Strathern

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English

Pages

430

Publication Date

March 15, 2016

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<p><strong>A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici.</strong></p><br />A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, <em>The Medici</em> is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so much to sponsor and encourage.<br /><br /><br /><br />Strathern also follows the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' Médicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.
The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetia...
by Laura Morelli

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

November 01, 2017

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<h2>Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? </h2><br /><p></p><p></p><h2>When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly.</h2><br /><p></p><p>2018 WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, HONORABLE MENTION<br /><p></p><p>ERIC HOFFER GRAND PRIZE FINALIST<br /></p><p></p><p>EDITOR'S CHOICE, HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW<br /></p><p></p><p><br /><em>Venice, 1510.</em> Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.<br /></p><p><br />Maria arranges to leave the painter’s workshop to return to her family workshop and to a secret lover waiting for her back home. But the encroaching Black Death foils her plans…<br /></p><p><br />When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away to train with Master Trevisan, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. <br /></p><p><br />She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father’s doorstep and steals away everything she’s ever loved…<br /></p><p><br />From the author of the award-winning <em>The Gondola Maker</em> comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds.<br /></p><p><br /></p><h2><i>Buy <i>The Painter’s Apprentice</i> today to transport yourself to the vibrant and dangerous world of 16th-century Venice…</i></h2><i><br /></i><br />
The Borgias: Power and Fortune
by Paul Strathern

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<p><strong>The glorious and infamous history of the Borgia family—a world of saints, corrupt popes, and depraved princes and poisoners—set against the golden age of the Italian Renaissance.</strong></p><br /><p>The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice and vicious cruelty—all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family lived when the Renaissance was coming into its full flowering in Italy. Examples of infamy flourished alongside some of the finest art produced in western history.           </p><br /><p>This is but one of several paradoxes associated with the Borgia family. For the family which produced corrupt popes, depraved princes and poisoners, would also produce a saint. These paradoxes which so characterize the Borgias have seldom been examined in great detail. Previously history has tended to condemn, or attempt in part to exonerate, this remarkable family. Yet in order to understand the Borgias, much more is needed than evidence for and against. The Borgias must be related to their time, together with the world which enabled them to flourish. Within this context the Renaissance itself takes on a very different aspect. Was the corruption part of the creation, or vice versa? Would one have been possible without the other?           </p><br /><p>In this way, the Borgia too represent the greatest aspirations of the Renaissance. Condemning the Borgia is as futile as attempting to exonerate them. Their leadership and their depravity must both be taken into account, for it would appear that they are both part of the same picture. In the nineteenth century the German philosopher Nietzsche would outline his theory of the Will to Power. In the ensuing century this idea would be hijacked by the Fascists and put into ruthless practice. The Borgia were no Fascists, nor were they thinkers of the calibre of Nietzsche: yet it is arguable that they united both the idea and the practice of the Will to Power some four centuries prior to Nietzsche’s conception of this guiding human principle. Telling the story of the Borgias becomes both an illustration and an exemplary analysis of the strengths and flaws of this  evolutionary idea.</p><br /><p>The primitive psychological forces which first played out in the amphitheaters of ancient Greece: hubris, incest, murder, the bitter rivalries and entanglements of doomed families, the treacheries of political power, the twists of fate – they are all here. Along with the final, tragic downfall. All these elements are played out in full in the glorious and infamous history of the Borgia family.</p>
Tudor and Stuart Seafarers: The Emergence of a Maritime Nation, 1...
by Adlard Coles

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

August 09, 2018

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<i>Tudor and Stuart Seafarers</i> tells the compelling story of how a small island positioned on the edge of Europe transformed itself into the world's leading maritime power. In 1485, England was an inward-looking country, its priorities largely domestic and European. Over the subsequent two centuries, however, this country was transformed, as the people of the British Isles turned to the sea in search of adventure, wealth and rule. Explorers voyaged into unknown regions of the world, while merchants, following in their wake, established lucrative trade routes with the furthest reaches of the globe. At home, people across Britain increasingly engaged with the sea, whether through their own lived experiences or through songs, prose and countless other forms of material culture.<br /><br />This exquisitely illustrated book delves into a tale of exploration, encounter, adventure, power, wealth and conflict. Topics include the exploration of the Americas, the growth of worldwide trade, piracy and privateering and<br />the defeat of the Spanish Armada, brought to life through a variety of personalities from the well-known – Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake and Samuel Pepys – to the ordinary sailors, dockyard workers and their wives and families whose lives were so dramatically shaped by the sea.

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