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Modern Musical Drift
by William James Henderson

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English

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Publication Date

March 25, 2017

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This vintage book from 1904 has been digitally converted to downloadable format with original illustrations. A great classic for the home or classroom, an interesting old-fashioned reference book, and an outstanding find. <br />
Great Ladies: The Forgotten Witnesses to the Lives of Tudor Queen...
by Sylvia Barbara Soberton

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English

Pages

296

Publication Date

February 22, 2017

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There has been a great deal written about Tudor queens, but less so about those women who surrounded the throne, who may have held even more power and influence than those who actually wore the golden crown.<br /><br />Some ladies who served at the Tudor court are only faceless silhouettes lost to the sands of time, but there are those who dedicated their lives to please their royal mistresses and left documentation, allowing us to piece their life stories together and link them to the stories of Tudor queens. These female attendants saw their queens and princesses up close and often used their intimate bonds to their own benefit. Some were beloved, others hated. <br /><br />This is the story of the ladies of the Tudor court like you’ve never read it before.<br />
The Renaissance Reader
by , Rosemary Atchity

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

February 21, 2017

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As the transition period between the Middle Age and modern times, the Renaissance is perhaps the most distinguished age since that of Classical Greece. Moreover, the consciousness of our time was largely formed by those who were given the freedom to express themselves by the rebirth of the art and sciences of the Renaissance.<br /><br /><em>The Renaissance Reader</em> allows the men and women of that turbulent time of change to speak in their on voices--sane and insane, brilliant and mundane, inspired and possessed, oblivious and decisive. Organized chronologically and covering the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, the book provides readers with the literary and artistic; social, religious, and political; and scientific and philosophic texts that shaped Renaissance thinking from the death of Dante in 1321 to the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare in 1616.<br /><br />Selections include such familiar texts as Sir Thomas Malory's <em>Le Morte Darthur</em>, Baldassare Castiglione's <em>The Book of the Courtier</em>, and Miguel de Cervantes' <em>Don Quixote</em>. The book also contains works by many less familiar writers, including such prominent Renaissance omen as Christine de Pizan, Isabella d'Este, and Catherine Zell. With the inclusion of the works of such brilliant artists as Giotto, da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Raphael, Brueghel, and others, <em>The Renaissance Reader</em> brings the age to life with all its vibrance and excitement.<br /><br />Kenneth Atchity holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University, is the author of numerous books in a variety of fields, and has lectured extensively on literature, film, and mythology. He was assisted in preparing this volume by an advisory board of distinguished professors from both American and European universities.
The Shepherdess of Siena: A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany
by Linda Lafferty

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English

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578

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March 31, 2015

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<p>Raised by her aunt and uncle amidst the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, young orphan Virginia Tacci has always harbored a deep love for horses—though she knows she may never have the chance to ride. As a shepherdess in sixteenth-century Italy, Virginia’s possibilities are doubly limited by her peasant class and her gender. Yet while she tends her flock, Virginia is captivated by the daring equestrian feats of the high-spirited Isabella de’ Medici, who rides with the strength and courage of any man, much to the horror of her brother, the tyrannical Gran Duca Francesco de’ Medici.</p><p>Inspired, the young shepherdess keeps one dream close to her heart: to race in Siena’s Palio. Twenty-six years after Florence captured Siena, Virginia’s defiance will rally the broken spirit of the Senese people and threaten the pernicious reign of the Gran Duca. Bringing alive the rich history of one of Tuscany’s most famed cities, this lush, captivating saga draws an illuminating portrait of one girl with an unbreakable spirit.</p>
The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Hea...
by , Roy Doliner

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English

Pages

336

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October 13, 2009

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<p> The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork </p><p>The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. <em>The Sistine Secrets</em> endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures.</p><p>Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.</p>
Leonardo da Vinci
by Jay Williams

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English

Pages

104

Publication Date

June 19, 2014

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In his youth, Leonardo da Vinci wrote confidently, "I wish to work miracles." By the time of his death in 1519, when he was sixty-seven and famed throughout Europe, it seemed that he had accomplished wonders aplenty as an artist, engineer, inventor, and scientist. Here, from author Jay Williams, is the moving story of the man behind the Renaissance myth.
Matchlocks to Flintlocks: Warfare in Europe and Beyond 1500-1700
by William Urban

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English

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304

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December 13, 2011

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >In the early modern world three dominant cultures of war were shaped by a synergy of their internal and external interactions. One was Latin Christian western Europe. Another was Ottoman Islam. The third, no less vital for so often being overlooked, was east–central Europe: Poland/Lithuania, Livonia, Russia, the freebooting Cossacks, a volatile mix of variations on a general Christian theme.<BR><BR>William Urban’s fascinating narrative is an integrated account of early modern war at the sharp end: of campaigns and battles, soldiers and generals. Temporally it extends from the French invasion of Italy in 1494 to Austria’s Balkan victories culminating in the 1718 Treaty of Peterwardein. Geographically it covers ground from the Low Countries to the depths of the Ukraine.<BR><BR>That narrative in turn focuses Urban’s major analytical points: the replacement of ‘crowd armies’ by professionals, and the professionals’ integration into crown armies: government-supervised, bureaucratized institutions. The key to this process was the mercenary. Originally recruited because the obligations of feudal levies were too limited, mercenary forces evolved operationally into skilled users of an increasingly complex gunpowder technology in ever more complex tactical situations. By the end of the seventeenth century, soldiers were identifying with the states and the rulers they served.</SPAN>
Strategy Six Pack - The Art of War, The Gallic Wars, Life of Char...
by , Ardant du Picq

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English

Pages

494

Publication Date

March 29, 2015

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**OUT NOW: <b>Strategy Six Pack 13</b> The Caesars, Patrick Henry, A Princess from Zanzibar and more.**<br /><br /><i>“War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.”</i> - Clausewitz.<br /><br /><b>Strategy Six Pack</b> brings together six essential texts for military theorists:<br /><br />Machiavelli’s <b>The Prince</b><br /><b>The Art of War</b> by Sun Tzu<br /><b>Battle Studies</b> by Ardant du Picq <br />Einhard’s <b>Life of Charlemagne</b><br />Julius Caesar’s <b>The Gallic Wars</b> <br /><b>On War</b> by Carl von Clausewitz <br /><br />In addition to these six master texts, there is also an image gallery and a link to a free audio recording of <b>The Art of War</b>. Each work has been newly revised and expertly edited with notes, images and a table of contents. Centuries of tactical wisdom distilled into one awesome e-book. Military Science has never been more thoroughly represented in one single volume. <br /><br /><i>“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”</i> - Sun Tzu.<br />
The Book of the Courtier
by Baldesar Castiglione

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English

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298

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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<b></b><h2><b><em>The Book of the Courtier</em> is the definitive account of Renaissance court life.</b></h2><br /><br />First printed in Venice in 1528 it rapidly became the go to book for young men and women who were looking to become the perfect courtiers and ladies. One of the most widely distributed books of the 16th century, it had editions printed in six languages.<br /><br />Written in the form of a dialogue it captures conversations between some of the most influential courtiers of sixteenth century Italy, including the Venetian scholar Pietro Bembo, Guiliano de Medici who was at that time exiled from Florence, Elisabetta Gonzaga, wife of Guidobaldo di Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, and many more.<br /><br />Their conversation, set at the court of Urbino in 1507, was spread over four evening where each member attempted to describe the perfect gentleman of the court, in the process debating the nature of nobility, humor, women and love.<br /><br />During the first evening they discuss whether a courtier should be militaristic or literary. The second evening involves a discussion of the courtier’s pastimes and manners. The third covers what it is to be a perfect Renaissance lady of the court, and the fourth discusses the role that the courtier should have in politics.<br /><br /><em>The Book of the Courtier</em> remains a fascinating work for understanding the Renaissance court. The British historian Denys Hay stated that it was “The most important single contribution to a diffusion of Italian values”.<br /><br />Baldesar Castiglione, count of Casatico, was an Italian courtier, diplomat and soldier. <em>The Book of the Courtier</em> was his most famous work as an author. He frequently worked closely with the popes of the age, fighting in Pope Julius II’s expedition against Venice and serving as Apostolic nuncio to Spain for Pope Clement VII. He eventually died in Spain at the age of fifty in 1529. The translator of this edition was Leonard Eckstein Opdycke who died in 1914. This edition was published in 1903.
The History of the Renaissance (Illustrated)
by , Paterson Smyth

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English

Pages

659

Publication Date

April 03, 2013

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A comprehensive and readable account of the Renaissance, emphasizing the more important events, and presenting these as complete narratives in the words of eminent historians. <br /><br />Contents include:<br /><br />MODERN RECOGNITION OF SCENIC BEAUTY<br /><br />BEGINNING AND PROGRESS OF THE RENAISSANCE<br /><br />THE BLACK DEATH RAVAGES EUROPE<br /><br />CHARLES IV OF GERMANY PUBLISHES HIS GOLDEN BULL<br /><br />CONQUESTS OF TIMUR THE TARTAR<br /><br />DANCING MANIA OF THE MIDDLE AGES<br /><br />THE GREAT SCHISM<br /><br />WYCLIFFE TRANSLATES THE BIBLE INTO ENGLISH<br /><br />THE SWISS WIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE<br /><br />BEGINNING OF THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE<br /><br />THE HUSSITE WARS<br /><br />BATTLE OF AGINCOURT<br /><br />JOAN OF ARC<br /><br />TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF JOAN OF ARC<br /><br />ORIGIN AND PROGRESS OF PRINTING<br /><br />REBUILDING OF ROME BY NICHOLAS V, THE "BUILDER-POPE"<br /><br />END OF THE EASTERN ROMAN EMPIRE<br /><br />WAR OF THE ROSES<br /><br />IVAN THE GREAT UNITES RUSSIA<br /><br />LORENZO DE' MEDICI RULES IN FLORENCE<br /><br />INQUISITION ESTABLISHED IN SPAIN<br /><br />COLUMBUS DISCOVERS AMERICA<br /><br />SAVONAROLA'S REFORMS AND DEATH<br /><br />AMERIGO VESPUCCI IN AMERICA<br /><br />RISE AND FALL OF THE BORGIAS<br /><br />THE SPLENDOR OF RENAISSANCE ART UNDER MICHELANGELO<br /><br />LUTHER BEGINS THE REFORMATION IN GERMANY<br /><br />AFRICAN SLAVERY IN AMERICA<br /><br />FIRST CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE GLOBE<br /><br />CORTÉS CAPTURES THE CITY OF MEXICO<br /><br />THE PEASANTS' WAR IN GERMANY<br /><br />PIZARRO CONQUERS PERU<br /><br />CALVIN IS DRIVEN FROM PARIS<br /><br />REVOLUTION OF ASTRONOMY BY COPERNICUS<br /><br />THE COUNTER-REFORMATION<br /><br />REIGN OF ELIZABETH<br /><br />BUILDING OF THE FIRST THEATRE IN ENGLAND<br /><br />DEFEAT OF THE SPANISH ARMADA<br /><br />CULMINATION OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE IN "HAMLET"<br /><br />THE GUNPOWDER PLOT<br /><br />CERVANTES' "DON QUIXOTE" REFORMS LITERATURE<br /><br />SETTLEMENT OF VIRGINIA

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