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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.
J.R. Ward The Black Dagger Brotherhood Novels 5-8
by J.R. Ward

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

May 03, 2011

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Four complete novels in the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling vampire series featuring "the hottest collection of studs in romance"*...Includes <i>Lover Unbound</i>; <i>Lover Enshrined</i>;<i> Lover Avenged</i>; and<i> Lover Mine</i>!<br /><br />*Angela Knight
Leonardo da Vinci
by Jay Williams

Language

English

Pages

154

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.
The Forgotten Tudor Women: Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley & Elisabeth ...
by Sylvia Barbara Soberton

Language

English

Pages

307

Publication Date

October 25, 2018

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Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley and Elisabeth Parr all have their own unique stories to tell. Born into the most turbulent period of England’s history, these women’s lives interplayed with the great dramas of the Tudor age, and their stories deserve to be told independently of their husbands. <br /><br />Anne Seymour served all of Henry VIII’s six wives and brushed with treason more than once, but she died in her bed as a wealthy old matriarch. Jane Dudley was a wife and mother who fought for her family until her last breath. Elisabeth Parr, sister-in-law of Queen Katherine Parr, married for love and became Elizabeth I’s favourite lady-in-waiting.<br /><br />The Tudor age was a hazardous time for ambitious women: courtly life exposed them to “pride, envy, indignation, scorning and derision”, executions were part of everyday life, death in childbirth was a real possibility and plagues sweeping regularly through the country could wipe out entire generations of families. Yet Anne, Jane and Elisabeth lived through all this and left their indelible marks on history. It’s high time for these women’s stories to be heard.
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son...
by Edward Wilson-Lee

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<b>Named a Best Book of the Year by: * <i>Financial Times * New Statesman * History Today * The Spectator *</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>“Like a Renaissance wonder cabinet, full of surprises and opening up into a lost world.” —Stephen Greenblatt</b><BR> <BR><b>Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography</b><BR> <BR><b>The impeccably researched and vividly rendered account of the forgotten quest by Christopher Columbus’s son to create the greatest library in the world—“a perfectly pitched poetic drama” (<i>Financial Times</i>) and an amazing tour through sixteenth-century Europe.</b><BR><BR>In this innovative work of history, Edward Wilson-Lee tells the extraordinary story of Hernando Colón, a singular visionary of the printing press-age who also happened to be Christopher Columbus’s illegitimate son.<BR> <BR>At the peak of the Age of Exploration, Hernando traveled with Columbus on his final voyage to the New World, a journey that ended in disaster, bloody mutiny, and shipwreck. After Columbus’s death in 1506, the eighteen-year-old Hernando sought to continue—and surpass—his father’s campaign to explore the boundaries of the known world by building a library that would collect everything ever printed: a vast holding organized by summaries and catalogues, the first ever search engine for the exploding diversity of written matter as the printing press proliferated across Europe. Hernando restlessly and obsessively amassed his collection based on the groundbreaking conviction that a library of universal knowledge should include “all books, in all languages and on all subjects,” even material often dismissed as ephemeral trash: ballads, erotica, newsletters, popular images, romances, fables. The loss of part of his collection to another maritime disaster in 1522—documented in his poignant <i>Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books</i>—set off the final scramble to complete this sublime project, a race against time to realize a vision of near-impossible perfection.<BR> <BR>Edward Wilson-Lee’s account of Hernando’s life is a testimony to the beautiful madness of booklovers, a plunge into sixteenth-century Europe’s information revolution, and a reflection of the passion and intrigues that lie beneath our own attempts to bring order to the world today.
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 />
City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas
by Roger Crowley

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English

Pages

473

Publication Date

January 24, 2012

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<b>“The rise and fall of Venice’s empire is an irresistible story and [Roger] Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler.”—<i>The Financial Times</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Empires of the Sea</i> charts Venice’s astounding five-hundred-year voyage to the pinnacle of power in an epic story that stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. <i>City of Fortune </i>traces the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga, from the ill-fated Fourth Crusade, which culminates in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204, to the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499–1503, which sees the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean. In between are three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance, during which a tiny city of “lagoon dwellers” grow into the richest place on earth. Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious, enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion. From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam, Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its time—the reverberations of which are still being felt today.<br />  <br /> <b>“[Crowley] writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page.”—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“Crowley chronicles the peak of Venice’s past glory with Wordsworthian sympathy, supplemented by impressive learning and infectious enthusiasm.”<i>—The Wall Street Journal</i></b>
A History of Victoria
by Geoffrey Blainey

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

July 10, 2013

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A History of Victoria is a lively account of the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria, from the arrival of the first Aboriginal peoples through to the present day. In his inimitable style, Geoffrey Blainey considers Victoria's transformation from rural state to urban society. He speculates on the contrasts between Melbourne and Sydney, and describes formative events in Victoria's history, including the exploits of Ned Kelly, the rise of Australian Football and the Olympics of 1956. Melbourne's latest population boom, sprawling suburbs and expanding ethnic communities are explored. Blainey also casts light on Victoria's recent political history. This edition features sections on the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, the end of the drought and the controversy surrounding the Wonthaggi desalination plant. New illustrations, photographs and maps enrich the narrative. Written by one of Australia's leading historians, this book offers remarkable insight into Victoria's unique position within Australian history.

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