The Black Prince of Florence
The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici
The illegitimate son of Lorenzo II and a maidservant, Alessandro de’ Medici ruled Florence for six turbulent years until he was assassinated in 1537. This first complete account of his life charts the rise through the intrigue-ridden courts of Renaissance Italy of the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, assesses the qualities of a ruler branded a tyrant by his enemies after his death, and considers the possible ethnic origins of this ‘first European ruler of colour’.
Shadows of Revolution
Reflections on France, Past and Present
Over the past two centuries, France has experimented with virtually every form of government. This collection of essays and reviews by one of America’s foremost observers of France reflects on the Enlightenment and the Revolution, Robespierre and Napoleon, the Vichy regime and the situation of French Jews, the Arab Spring and the terrorist attacks of 2015. Lively, informed, wide-ranging and highly readable, the book offers a unique insight into ‘the most intense political laboratory the world has ever known’.
Self-Deification in Early Jewish and Christian Mythmaking
M David Litwa tells the stories of six self-deifiers in their historical, social and ideological contexts: the cosmic rebels Adam, Lucifer and Yaldaboath; and the heroes, Jesus (in John’s Gospel), Simon of Samaria and Allogenes (in Nag Hammadi library).
Pursuing Social Holiness
The Band Meeting in Wesley's Thought and Popular Methodist Practice
One of Methodism’s earliest traditions was the ‘band meeting’, at which a small group of people came together and confessed their sins, in order to grow in holiness and to foster community. Drawing extensively on personal accounts by those who attended them, Watson explains why Wesley considered regular band meetings so important, shows how they grew from a synthesis of Anglican and Moravian concepts of piety and suggests why they declined during the 19th century.
Dedicated to God
An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns
The life of cloistered nuns may seem to be one of renunciation, sacrifice and claustrophobia. Yet for many, it is a source of peace, tranquillity and even joy. Through interviews conducted over six years, this remarkable book tells the stories of the nuns of the Poor Clare Colletine Order in Illinois, and celebrates the counter-cultural values of lives removed from the clamour of consumer society and dedicated to Christ.
Oxford Atlas of the World
Opening with an urgently topical section on the future of the oceans, this authoritative, comprehensive atlas is packed with up-to-date statistical information. Around a substantial main section of country maps arranged by continent are thematic features on topics such as globalization, conflict, food supply and the refugee crisis; 32 pages of large-scale city maps; a gazetteer of all the world's 200-plus nations; tables showing national and city populations and income; and 16 stunning new satellite images of the Earth's surface.
In Search of Human Origins
In his first, much-acclaimed book, Missing Links: The Hunt for Earliest Man (1981), John Reader gave a definitive account of palaeoanthropology, its breakthrough finds, frauds and controversial theories and the central role of fossils in the search for 'missing links' between humans and ape-like ancestors. This expanded and updated edition reflects the exciting and significant advances of the last 30 years, including genetic discoveries and the identification of several new species of extinct hominid.
A Russian Life in Science
Born to a family of priests in provincial Russia, Ivan Pavlov (1849–1936) made his home and professional life in imperial St Petersburg, suffered the destruction of his world during the Bolshevik Revolution, and successfully rebuilt his career in the 1930s. In this definitive biography, Todes reinterprets the physiologist's famous research on conditional reflexes and weaves his life, values and science into the tumultuous period of Russian history between the reigns of Tsar Nicholas I and Stalin.
English Episcopal Acta II and III
Canterbury 1162-1205 (Two volumes)
First published in 1987, this two-volume work presents annotated Latin texts of the Acta of Archbishops Thomas Becket, Richard of Dover, Baldwin of Forde and, in the second volume, Hubert Walter. With a substantial introduction and index.
The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World
Widely regarded as a landmark study of the Hellenistic period, Rostovtzeff's 'Social and Economic History' has been described as having 'defined the fundamental characteristics of Greek society in the centuries after Alexander the Great.' Drawing not just on written sources, but on extensive archaeological and numismatic evidence, Rostovtzeff traces the development of social and economic phenomena in the light of the political, constitutional and cultural developments of the era. In three volumes, the third consisting of detailed notes on sources. (1941) Off-mint.
Fire and Movement
The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914
Britain sent 120,000 volunteer soldiers to France at the outbreak of the First World War, a modest number next to the German and French armies. This study of the early months of the war examines the BEF's commendable performance in the opening battles of Mons, Le Cateau and the Aisne, but puts the British contribution into proper context, revealing its shortcomings and dispelling the myth that the German forces were unthinking hordes and the French a disorganized rabble.
Waterloo is remembered as a defining British victory, but there were more Belgians, Germans and Dutch in the Allied army than British, and the arrival of the Prussians was the decisive intervention. This book assesses the battle and also examines how it was subsequently interpreted by the belligerent nations: less important to the Dutch and Germans, and a heroic last stand to the French that helped to reinforce the legend of Napoleon. Great Battles series.
I Hope I Don't Intrude
Privacy and Its Dilemmas in Nineteenth-Century Britain
David Vincent's study takes its title from the catchphrase of the eponymous hero of Paul Pry, a hugely successful play first staged in London in 1825. The book tackles the complex subject of privacy in 19th-century Britain by examining the way in which the tropes, language and imagery of the play resonated through society and reveals contemporary concerns with secrecy, intimacy and the evolution of public and private spheres.
Alan Jay Lerner
A Lyricist's Letters
The lyrics penned by Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) contributed to the success of some of Broadway's best-known shows, such as Brigadoon, Camelot and My Fair Lady. This collection of witty letters offers insights into his creative process and the highs and lows of a four-decade career, as he negotiates with a host of famous correspondents - composers (Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber), producers (Herman Levin, Frederick Brisson) and stars of stage and screen (Katharine Hepburn, Dirk Bogarde).
The End of Glory
Illuminating the question of why Napoleon chose to gamble on total victory at the risk of utter defeat, this study focuses on the dramatic two years between the retreat from Moscow in 1812 and the Emperor's abdication in 1814. Price shifts away from the usual emphasis on Waterloo, to the conflicts of 1813; he examines the battle of Leipzig in particular; and explores the reasons why Napoleon rejected the offers of a compromise peace extended to him during that year.
A Century of Change: 1900-2000
The Young Oxford History of Britain and Ireland
This volume tells the dramatic story of the tumultuous 20th century, from the height of the Empire, the rise of the unions and the First World War, to 'the wind of change', the European Union and the communications revolution.
The Month that Changed the World
Rather than searching for the 'origins' of the First World War in historians' theories, or asking who or what caused the conflict, Martel explores the reality in contemporary diplomatic, political and military records. Day-by-day through the July Crisis and the 'days of decision' (1–4 August), and with the focus on those responsible for making fateful choices, he tells the story of how Europe moved from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June to the declaration of war.
The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars
The battle of Plataea (479 BCE) brought to an end the Persian attempt to conquer Greece – so why is it less famous than the earlier battles of Marathon and Thermopylae? Examining how the Greeks themselves remembered Plataea, Cartledge argues that the text of an oath supposedly sworn by leaders of Greek city-states before the battle actually emerged from Athenian self-justification after it, and that this text can help us understand the workings of cultural memory about politics of the past.
Power and Terror in the Third Reich
The infamous Gestapo secret police were in fact anything but secret – their methods were publicized in the Nazi press from early on to make sure that opponents of the regime understood who they were dealing with. This study of the organization considers whether it was indeed the all-powerful, all-knowing instrument of terror of its reputation, tracing its origins and history, examining the crimes of the Third Reich and investigating the fate of former officers after the war.
One Hundred Letters from Hugh Trevor-Roper
This selection of 100 letters by Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003) shows him to be a letter-writer of rare accomplishment in the tradition of Madame de Sevigne or Horace Walpole. The book contains only private correspondence, setting the great historian and controversialist in a more intimate light, but also discussing informally topics such as his abhorrence of Communism and the infamous Hitler diaries affair.
Burning the Reichstag
An Investigation into the Third Reich's Enduring Mystery
Although the burning of the German parliament building in 1933 has become associated with the seizing of new powers and the beginning of Hitler's dictatorship, the fire is usually attributed by historians to the independent actions of a Dutch Communist, Marinus van der Lubbe. This investigation into one of the last mysteries of the Nazi period examines new sources and the actions of key figures, including Goring and Goebbels, and concludes that van der Lubbe could not have acted alone.
An Intimate History
Surveillance of our habits through CCTV and computer spyware has reached epidemic proportions and social media and TV allow us to fully indulge our passion for eavesdropping on other people, an impulse that John Locke argues is hard-wired into our make-up. This study investigates the deep-seated desire to know what's going on in the private lives of others, uncovering the biological drive behind it and its consequences across history and culture, from 16th-century voyeurism to Facebook and Twitter.
The Profligate Son
Fashionable Vice and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain
William Jackson was a charming, popular public schoolboy with the world at his feet – until his attempts to keep up with his Regency dandy friends set him at odds with his family and led to his ruin. This absorbing account draws on papers that have lain in the archives for two centuries to reveal how an appalled father charted his son's descent into a murky underworld of debt, disease, prostitution and crime, culminating in his transportation to Australia for fraud.
Shakespeare: Staging the World
Staging the World
Shakespeare's plays still enthral us four centuries after they were written, but what fed his imagination? Beautifully illustrated with more than 200 paintings, sculptures, artefacts and documents, this catalogue of a joint British Museum-Royal Shakespeare Company exhibition explores the London of 1612, the Gunpowder Plot, English views of Venice, of Moors and of Jews, and the 'brave new world' beyond the Atlantic, bringing to life not just the texture of Shakespeare's times, but the ideas that were in the air.
The Children of Henry VIII
Henry VIII fathered four living children, each by a different mother. The relationships between his daughter Mary, the illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, Edward, who died at the age of 15, and Anne Boleyn's daughter Elizabeth were often scarred by jealously, mutual distrust and even hatred. In this study, John Guy draws on a wide range of sources to tell the stories of these four key figures in the dynastic history of England.