History - Renaissance


  • Absolutism in Renaissance Milan: Plenitude of Power under the Visconti and the Sforza, 1329-1535

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780199565290
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: December 2009
    Absolutism in Renaissance Milan shows how authority above the law, once the preserve of pope and emperor, was claimed by the ruling Milanese dynasties, the Visconti and the Sforza, and why this privilege was finally abandoned by Francesco II Sforza (d. 1535), the last duke. As new rulers, the Visconti and the Sforza had had to impose their regime by rewarding supporters at the expense of opponents. That process required absolute power, also known as "plenitude of power," meaning the capacity to overrule even fundamental laws and rights, including titles to property. The basis for such power reflected the changing status of Milanese rulers, first as signori and then as dukes. Contemporary lawyers, schooled in the sanctity of fundamental laws, were at first prepared to overturn established doctrines in support of the free use of absolute power: even the leading jurist of the day, Baldo degli Ubaldi (d. 1400), accepted the new teaching. However, lawyers came eventually to regret the new approach and to reassert the principle that laws could not be set aside without compelling justification. The Visconti and the Sforza too saw the dangers of absolute power: as legitimate princes they were meant to champion law and justice, not condone arbitrary acts that disregarded basic rights. Jane Black traces these developments in Milan over the course of two centuries, showing how the Visconti and Sforza regimes seized, exploited and finally relinquished absolute power.
  • The Academy of the Sword

    By Gerard Thibault

    Our Price: $60.00
    • ISBN-13: 9781904658849
    • Publisher: Aeon Books
    • Published: May 2017
  • African Kings and Black Slaves: Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic

    By Herman L. Bennett

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780812250633
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Published: October 2018
  • Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: A Study in International Trade and Economic Development

    By Joseph E. Inikori

    Our Price: $24.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780521010795
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Published: June 2002
    Arguing that private enterprise, market-based models of industrialization are only possible with an intensive involvement in international trade, Inikori (history, U. of Rochester) links the industrialization process in England (specifically, the completion of the mechanization of cotton textiles) to the role of the African Diaspora in the production of cotton as a commodity in the Americas. He argues that Atlantic trade was the central driving force behind England's industrialization and that this would not have been possible without the forced labor of African commodity production. The economies of scale of slave labor allowed prices on trade to be kept low enough that textile products were brought within reach of all of England's social classes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Afrikaners of the Kalahari: White Minority in a Black State

    By Margo Russell

    Our Price: $36.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780521101400
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Published: January 2009
  • The Age of the Renaissance

    By Denys Hay

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781199343543
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company
    • Published: 1967
    Texts by Nicolai Rubinstein, Cecil Grayson, Peter Murray, Roberto Weiss, Delio Cantimori, I.D. McFarlane, G.R. Potter, A.A. Parker, Joel Hurstfield, L.D. Ettlinger, John Hale. 600 illustrations, 180 in color, 420 photographs, woodcuts, drawings and maps.
  • Agents of Empire: Spanish Ambassadors in Sixteenth-Century Italy

    By Michael J. Levin

    Our Price: $57.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780801443527
    • Publisher: Cornell University Press
    • Published: October 2005
    Historians have long held that during the decades from the end of the Habsburg-Valois Wars in 1559 until the outbreak in 1618 of the Thirty Years' War, Spanish domination of Italy was so complete that one can refer to the period as a 'pax hispanica.' In this book, based on extensive research in the papers of the ambassadors who represented Charles V and Phillip II, Michael J. Levin instead reveals the true fragility of Spanish control and the ambiguous nature of its impact on Italian political and cultural life.
  • Albrecht Durer: Documentary Biography

    By Jeffrey Ashcroft

    Our Price: $125.00
    • ISBN-13: 9780300210842
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • The Americas in the Spanish World Order: The Justification for Conquest in the Seventeenth Century

    By James Muldoon

    Our Price: $59.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780812232455
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Published: July 1994
  • Amy Robsart: A Life and Its End

    By Christine Hartweg

    Our Price: $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781548783600
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Anachronic Renaissance

    By Alexander Nagel

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781935408024
    • Publisher: Zone Books
    • Published: April 2010
    A reconsideration of the problem of time in the Renaissance, examining the complexand layered temporalities of Renaissance images and artifacts.
  • Angels in the Early Modern World

    By Peter Marshall

    Our Price: $91.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780521843324
    • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UP
    • Published: September 2006
    Belief in the importance of angels was as widespread and intense in the early modern era as it had been in the Middle Ages. This volume is the first to consider how ideas about the nature, existence and activities of angels negotiated the religious, intellectual and cultural upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries. The contributors explore the fate and fortunes of these heavenly protectors and messengers against the backdrop of the Renaissance and Reformation and in the context of scientific change.
  • The Anglo-African Who's Who and Biographical Sketchbook, 1907

    By Walter H. Wills

    Our Price: $35.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780955393631
    • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
    • Published: September 2006
  • Anglo-Chinese Encounters Since 1800

    By Gungwu Wang

    Our Price: $109.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780521826396
    • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
    • Published: June 2003
  • The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns and the Contest for India: The Struggle for Control of the South Asian Military Economy

    By Randolf G. S. Cooper

    Our Price: $63.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780521036467
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Published: June 2007