King of Ancient Egypt
Egypt’s ancient rulers carefully constructed their image as brave, all-powerful military leaders who were pleasing to the gods. This volume, which focuses on highlights from a 2016 exhibition, is an exploration of the different ways in which pharaohs manipulated art to fashion that public persona. The authors reveal how the imagery and symbolism of traditional models were reinvented and how artistic representations of kingship played down court rivalries, civil war and delicate foreign relations.
The Great Charles Dickens Scandal
Dickens was celebrated as the champion of hearth, home and family love, yet in 1857 he abandoned his wife to live with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. Michael Slater reveals how the novelist’s family and friends succeeded in keeping the affair, and the many other women who caught his eye, a secret until the 1930s.
Behind Closed Doors
At Home in Georgian England
Georgian houses are admired for their elegance, but less attention has been given to what it was like to live in them. In a ‘nosy, gossipy, and utterly engaging’ study of English homes, Vickery examines a wide range of accommodation and types of household, using sources ranging from personal diaries to court records. She investigates not only how homes were furnished and decorated but also how social and cultural changes revolutionized the use of domestic space. Slightly off-mint.
The Albatross Press and the Third Reich
Registered in Hamburg in 1932, financed by British-Jewish money and with an office in Paris, Albatross printed English-language books in Germany – including contemporary novels by writers such as James Joyce and DH Lawrence that were banned in Hitler’s Third Reich – and sold them across continental Europe. This study reveals how the Nazi regime tolerated Albatross for both economic and propaganda gains, and how Albatross used its insider position to keep Anglo-American books alive under fascism.
The Conscience of a King
Looking beyond the stereotypical view of Henry V as the warrior-king par excellence, Malcolm Vale explores Henry’s character through a study of his personal involvement and interventions in matters both public and private. Using archival evidence to uncover the king’s attitudes, aims, motivations and his exercise of the ‘conscience of kingship’ in decision-making, Vale examines how these translated into political behaviour, religious observance and patronage of the arts.
Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
Although an accomplished draftsman and painter, Coecke was famed amongst his contemporaries for his complex tapestry designs, which were acquired by rulers including Henry VIII and the Medici. Focusing on 20 tapestries and produced to accompany an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this well-illustrated volume explores the development of his style, and the scale, innovation and mastery of colour that epitomize his contribution to Renaissance art in Flanders.
Dressing the Decades
Twentieth-Century Vintage Style
From the Parisian haute couture houses of the 1900s, with their elite clienteles, unique garments and personal fittings, to the high-end designers and luxury ready-to-wear clothes of the 1990s, Emmanuelle Dirix traces the progress of high fashion through the 20th century. Using an exceptional collection of photographs and illustrations, she discusses significant stylistic changes, the social and economic background to fashions and, within each decade, focuses on three ‘looks’ and the work of three of the most representative designers.
The term ‘wasteland’ can refer to land that is unoccupied and unmodified by human civilization, but it is also applied – with increasing frequency – to land left abandoned, polluted or damaged by industrial or military activity. This illustrated cultural history explores that shift in meaning and the concept of landscape underlying it, tracing the change in perception back to ‘a particular convergence of beliefs, technologies, institutions and individuals’ in 17th- and 18th- century Britain.
The Strange Physics of Nothing
What do we mean by ‘empty space’? Was Newton wrong to think of it as a kind of theatre in which physics could unfold? In this book a philosopher of science explains how the very process of adapting intuitive ideas to scientific theories causes radical changes to our conception of reality. He also describes physicists’ efforts to reconcile different meanings of ‘nothing’ in general relativity and quantum theory.
The Middle Ages in Modern England
Michael Alexander’s study traces the evolution and course of the Medieval Revival, from the literature of the 1760s through to the writings of Waugh, Auden and the Inklings in the mid-20th century. He considers its influence beyond literature, looking at architecture, art and religion.
Lions and Lambs
Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany
Against the more usual interpretation of post-war Germany’s ‘economic miracle’ as the result of American-led reconstruction, this study turns to the social and political groupings within Germany itself and the ideas and decisions of the Germans who created the country’s post-Nazi liberal democracy. The study is, in Strote’s words, ‘a history of how former enemies partnered together and how a region with a tradition of internal strife became pacified’.
And the British
The Charge of the Light Brigade, Gordon’s Last Stand, Scott of the Antarctic: many of the best-known episodes in British history are tales of fortitude and calm in the face of disaster. This study of the ‘heroic failure’ tradition offers a reassessment of Victorian and Edwardian attitudes to soldiers and explorers, arguing that Britons’ enthusiastic celebration of such failures resulted from their desire to see the Empire as just, benevolent and moral.
The Conquest of Death
Violence and the Birth of the Modern English State
‘By the seventeenth century the detection, conviction, and punishment of illegitimate lethal violence were firmly and irrevocably tied to the central government.’ Matthew Lockwood’s study shows how definitions of legitimate and illegitimate violence were negotiated in coroners’ courts from the late 15th century and gradually gave government the power to enforce a monopoly of violence – a basic prerequisite of a modern state.
The Arts of Intimacy
Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture
In a well-illustrated study of ‘the lost memory of Castile’, the authors explore the dynamic intermingling of Arabic, Hebrew and Latin elements in medieval Castilian visual and literary culture. The book includes a chronology, genealogies and an extensive bibliographic essay on sources and readings.
Anatomy of Malice
The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals
Were the Nazi leaders criminally insane, aberrant monsters and psychopaths, or could any one of us become a war criminal? Such questions preoccupied the doctors who interviewed and administered Rorschach tests to the defendants at the Nuremberg trials. In this book a modern psychiatrist rereads their medical notes, reflecting on the validity of the approaches used and the glimpses that they provide into the mental states of Nazis including Göring and Hess.
Varieties of Romantic Experience
British, Danish, Dutch, French, and German Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp
This catalogue from the Yale Center for British Art exhibition highlights Romanticism’s focus on emotion, imagination and nature, and considers the movement as an international phenomenon. With over 200 drawings, it compares works by British artists such as Turner, Blake and Constable with those by Northern European artists, including Degas, Delacroix and Corot. By focusing on specific subjects – trees, ruins, boats – it draws parallels and contrasts between their approaches.
Paris Refashioned 1957–1968
Challenging the assumption that London was the epicentre of fashion design during the 1960s, this illustrated volume reveals the influential role that Paris played in the industry at that time. The author explains how a new appetite for ready-to-wear clothing challenged the dominance of haute couture and considers the position of French fashion within the era's broader popular culture, looking in particular at how American publications such as Vogue promoted it. Off-mint.
The Murder of King James I
Even before James I’s death in 1625, rumours spread that he was being poisoned by a court favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, who had been cultivating the heir to the throne. Historians have long dismissed the charge, but in a detailed reassessment of contemporary sources the authors trace how this scandalous claim was widely published, believed and debated in Britain and beyond. They also examine how it both reflected and shaped political conflicts that would eventually lead to civil war.
Ancient Churches of Ethiopia
Christianity was formally acknowledged by the Aksumite kings in the mid-4th century, making Ethiopia the second country in the world to adopt the new faith. Integrating historical, archaeological and artistic evidence, this book focuses on Ethiopian churches, both conventional buildings and those hewn from solid rock, to offer a fresh interpretation of the origins and exceptional continuity of the country’s Christian civilization.
Since receiving a terminal diagnosis of leukaemia in 2010, Clive James has produced an extraordinary late harvest of poetry and prose. In this collection of essays, he looks back with characteristic wit, humour and perception on a lifetime’s reading, offering his unique insights into writers from Conrad, Hemingway and Larkin to VS Naipaul and WG Sebald. Woven throughout these literary ruminations, moreover, is a thoughtful and moving reflection on life and death.
Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting
The Word in the Workbench
In a scholarly, richly illustrated study of the mid-17th-century Neapolitan art world, Marshall charts the links between the artisans, painters and dealers of this bustling city and its wealthy patrons and consumers of art. Among the topics examined are the working lives of artists, the process of buying and selling cabinet pictures, the rise of the exhibition, and the careers of successful artists such as Luca Giordano, Jusepe de Ribera and Massimo Stanzione.
The King Never Smiles
A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
When he died, King Bhumibol (1927–2016) was the world’s longest serving monarch, having reigned since 1946. Seen by his people as the living Buddha, he was hailed as the saviour of democracy after a coup in 1991. Subsequently, criticism of his lucrative links to business and the military was firmly suppressed. Defying the ban on investigating the monarchy, this 2006 biography profiles a shrewd political operator who veiled autocracy beneath an egalitarian public image.
Making Renaissance Art
Beginning around the year 1400, this first volume in the series Renaissance Art Reconsidered is concerned with the theory and practice of making art during the Renaissance in Italy and other parts of Europe. In seven well-illustrated chapters, the contributors examine drawing and workshop practices, perspective in painting, sculpture, the making of altarpieces, prints, architecture, and Renaissance writings on art. Published in association with the Open University.
France, the Great War, and a Month that Changed the World Forever
‘In our collective memory’, writes Cabanes, ‘the catastrophes of Verdun and the Somme in 1916 have eclipsed the unprecedented violence of the war’s first month.’ His history of the first weeks of war is told from the perspective of the ordinary men and women, soldiers and civilians of France and evokes the traumas of mobilization, German conquest and occupation, the death toll of battles – 27,000 in one day at Charleroi – an army in retreat, and old ways of life gone for ever.
A Passion for Perfection
Published alongside the 2017 Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition on the centenary of Edgar Degas’s death, this collection features a broad range of his paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings and sculptures, and includes works by artists who influenced or were influenced by him. Eleven essays, written by leading scholars and specialists, examine Degas’s themes and artistic practices, and reflect his intense self-discipline, his lifelong desire to learn, and his ‘relentless pursuit of the infinite possibilities of a single subject’.
The Triumph of Robert the Bruce
In a fresh account of Bannockburn, Cornell places the battle ‘within its wider context as a phenomenon inextricably linked to the political events within Scotland and England in this period’. He examines the internal conflicts in both countries, the leadership of Robert Bruce and that of England’s Edward II and his generals in a thorough reappraisal of why the battle occurred, how it unfolded and how the Scots achieved their extraordinary against-the-odds victory.
Influence, Infection and the Image of Rome 1700–1870
With reproductions of many unfamiliar works, this book takes a novel approach to artists’ and travellers’ experience of the eternal city between 1700 and 1870: it revisits the history of Rome in terms of the city’s environment and pervasive mal’aria.
The Achievement of Fame
Drawing on new research and material, including long-awaited editions of Michelangelo’s correspondence, Hirst’s biography sheds fresh light on the development of the artist’s work in painting, sculpture and architecture and on his relations with family, friends and patrons. Starting with his apprenticeship in the workshop of Ghirlandaio in Florence, the study covers Michelangelo’s first excursion to Rome, the creation of the Pietà, David and the Sistine ceiling, and ends with Michelangelo’s definitive move to Rome in 1534.
Mexico and American Modernism
Exploring the significant role of Mexico and Mexican art in the formation of modernism in the USA, Landau looks in detail at the Mexican experiences of four major American artists: Isamu Noguchi, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. The chapters on Noguchi and Guston focus on their social and political sympathies during the Depression era; on Pollock, Landau discusses his Mexican-related iconographic experiments in New York; and her study of Motherwell examines the influence of Surrealist expatriate circles.
The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot
The Victorian Liberal writer and economist Walter Bagehot (1826–77) never wrote an autobiography, so Frank Prochaska has provided one for him. Drawing on Bagehot’s Collected Works and his own extensive research, he has woven together this ‘faux memoir’, often in the subject’s own words, to present an intimate portrait of the author of The English Constitution, from his Somerset childhood to the failing health brought on by overwork.
The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann
Novelist, playwright, essayist and journalist, Klaus Mann explored the sinister appeal of Nazism in his chilling 1936 novel Mephisto, and was the first person to link racism and fascism with homophobia. This first English-language biography provides a powerful account of his tormented life, dealing frankly with his drug addiction and his troubled relationship with the overpowering figure of his father, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann, while shedding new light on his mysterious death.
The Captain and "the Cannibal"
An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage
In 1830, Captain Benjamin Morrell of Connecticut kidnapped a young nobleman, Dako, from an island off the coast of New Guinea, to exhibit him in Broadway shows. Based on newly discovered archives, this book tells their story for the first time. Alternating between the perspectives of captor and captive, it records the growing friendship between the two men, explores Morrell’s ambiguous character, and charts the return journey that brought Dako back to his homeland.
Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome
The Life and Miracles of St Benedict, the seven books published by Camillo Agrippa between 1553 and 1598, Pietro Paolo Magni’s Manual for Barber-Surgeons and Magino Gabrielli’s Dialogues on Silk: the illustrations, authors and varied subject matter of these 16th-century Italian books are discussed in detail in this study of ‘treatises that engaged their readers through the purposeful use of printed pictures’.
Treasures from Korea
Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910
The dynasty that ruled Korea for five centuries presided over an era of unparalleled artistry, in which aesthetic rigour combined with sensitivity to materials to produce objects of great refinement. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at museums in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Houston, this catalogue features hundreds of paintings, woodcarvings, ceramics and textiles. The accompanying essays explore these artistic traditions, the history of the Joseon dynasty, and the Confucian philosophy that underpinned the culture.
Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish
Posable models or lay figures have for centuries been a fixture in artists' studios, particularly used by classical painters to arrange drapery. Through a series of illustrated essays, this book, published to accompany the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, analyses how the artist's tool developed currency as a subject in its own right and explores the meaning and symbolism of mannequins in the work of artists from 17th-century Dutch masters to Jake and Dinos Chapman.
The Savage Shore
Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery
Several months after the Dutch yacht Gilt Dragon set sail for the East Indies, it foundered off the coast of ‘Southland’. The ship broke up, but 73 survivors made it ashore, a few of whom would sail 2,500 miles in a shuyt to fetch help. This was 1653, over a century before Cook’s ‘discovery’ of Australia. These maritime tales present many of the early and often fabled encounters with Australia, its perilous coastline and indigenous population.
Postcards on Parchment
The Social Lives of Medieval Books
The miniature paintings on parchment that were often slipped into medieval prayer books are identified by Kathryn Rudy as ‘postcards’: colourful, usually devotional pictures sent or given by one person to another, often with a greeting inscribed on the reverse. Illustrated with almost 300 examples of postcards and manuscript pages, this volume explores the production of such paintings, the social contexts in which they were exchanged as gifts and the new functions they assumed as images independent of a text.
How the Bible Became Holy
The Bible is an anthology of diverse writings that were compiled, revised and rewritten between 800 BCE and 150 CE; standardized canons of Jewish and Christian holy books emerged several centuries later still. As he traces this long and complex development, Satlow challenges modern assumptions about the nature of biblical authority, asking how, when and why individuals and communities in antiquity regarded texts as authoritative and how a variety of attitudes evolved.
A History of Lingerie
From red stockings and satin bustiers to leopard-print thongs, undergarments are often more interesting than the clothes that cover them. With a short introduction, this volume uses colour photographs and contemporary advertisements to illustrate a fascinating range of lingerie. From 19th-century corsets to an early bust supporter and a 1920s bra that offers no support at all, each item is described and catalogued, charting the changing shape of 20th-century fashion.
Eastern Orthodox Christianity
The Essential Texts
In the first anthology of its kind, Geffert and Stavrou have compiled more than 100 primary sources in translation – letters and memoirs, official documents, treatises and homilies – to illustrate how Eastern Christianity developed from its Roman origins to the Soviet era and beyond. The texts are preceded by accessible editorial introductions, which explain their cultural and historical background as well as highlighting their importance for understanding the trends, controversies and reforms that have shaped the Orthodox tradition.
An Intermediate Course
This textbook is designed to guide students progressing from basic grammatical study to the reading of passages by ancient Roman authors. Informed by Corrigan’s long experience of teaching intermediate-level classes, the book combines a thorough review of morphology and grammar with exercises on common constructions and a generous selection of poetry and prose. The texts, from such authors as Petronius, Gellius, Phaedrus and Martial, are followed by questions to test understanding and to prompt discussion of Roman literature and culture.
Boswell's London Journal
‘Friday 19 November 1762... When we came upon Highgate Hill and had a view of London, I was all life and joy.’ Fresh from Scotland and lodging in Downing Street, 22-year-old James Boswell revelled in London - its theatres, coffee houses and conversation, sexual adventures and freedom. His journal is a vivid portrayal of the city's high-life and low-life, rich and poor, and of his new acquaintances, from prostitutes to the great Dr Johnson.
The Americas in the Age of Revolution
Lester D Langley presents a comparative history of three revolutions, the American Revolution in 1776, the slave revolt in the French colony of Saint Dominique (that became Haiti) and the long Spanish–American struggle for independence, and offers ‘a portrait of hemispherical political culture in an epoch spanning three wars in the Americas, each of which left a powerful legacy for the new states that took form in their aftermath’.
Selected Writings of Thomas Paine
The 15 newly edited texts presented in this selection include Common Sense (1776), The Rights of Man (1791–2), The Age of Reason (1794–5) and the Dissertation on First-Principles of Government (1795). They are accompanied by a full introduction by Ian Shapiro and three essays illuminating Thomas Paine’s role in the period of the American and French Revolutions and his place in feminist discourse of that time.
Preaching, Building, and Burying
Friars in the Medieval City
By preaching in the open and visiting lay people at home, mendicant friars took religion outside church buildings. Yet, despite their dedication to apostolic poverty, the friars were criticized for their churches’ considerable size. In her study of the ‘social lives of buildings’, Bruzelius describes how friars’ activities shaped the interior and exterior spaces of medieval cities; in particular explaining how individual donors’ requests for intercessory prayers and burial rights led to the episodic expansion and decoration of the friars’ convents.
The Athenian Story
How did a radical new set of democratic ideals emerge from the ancient Athenians’ search for a durable political order? In a lively narrative history, Professor Mitchell traces the influence of early revolutionary movements and describes how democracy took hold for two centuries. He analyses both the system’s strengths and the weaknesses that hastened its demise in the face of Macedonian conquerors. The book ends with an assessment of Athens’ political legacy in the modern world.
The Culture of Food in England
In this study of food and drink, whether in the pauper’s bowl or on the elite table, and what it meant to people in the Middle Ages, Professor Woolgar shows how eating and drinking mattered for a multitude of reasons beyond simple sustenance. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the book looks at how food was acquired, cooked and eaten in the main social groups of late medieval England, and uses the cultures of food to open new perspectives on daily life.
Back to the Garden
Nature and the Mediterranean World from Prehistory to the Present
In a deep ecological history of the Mediterranean cultural region since the Palaeolithic era, McGregor argues that the present environmental crisis has its origins in the late-18th-century abandonment of a harmonious working relationship with Nature. American cut pages.
When Britain Saved the West
The Story of 1940
‘In 1940 the only major power fighting Germany was Britain. Had Britain collapsed and Europe become Nazified, the future of the West would have been very bleak.’ In this book Robin Prior re-examines a vast range of official, semi-official and private documentary sources to give a full account of events at home and abroad and reassess the crises – the collapse of France, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz – that threatened the nation during the year when Britain fought alone.
The Cultural History of a Catastrophe
The sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 by a German U-boat, drowning nearly 1,200 civilian passengers, including 128 Americans, was greeted with jubilation by the German establishment and press. Although it resulted in America’s entry into the First World War, it also marked the beginning of a new kind of brutality in German warfare which, Willi Jasper argues in this erudite study, precipitated the totalitarian violence for which Germany became notorious.