Discusses the way shadows were represented - or ignored - by artists from the Renaissance to the 17th century and then describes how Romantic, Impressionist and Surrealist artists exploited the device of the cast shadow to enhance the illusion of realism or drama in their representations.
An account of Richard the Lionheart's reign. John Gillingham scrutinizes the king's fluctuating reputation over the centuries and portrays him as neither a feckless knight-errant nor a neglectful king, but a masterful and businesslike ruler. This paperback includes an updated bibliography.
Overturning the received narrative of Europe's military and religious conquest and colonization of the region, the author contends that rather than acting as passive recipients, Scandinavians converted to Christianity because it was in individual chieftains' political, economic and cultural interests to do so.
The life of John Davenport, who co-founded the colony of New Haven, has long been overshadowed by his reputation as the most draconian of all Puritan leaders in New England - a reputation he earned due to his opposition to many of the changes that were transforming New England in the post-Restoration era. This book tells his story.
A companion to the masterful two-volume "The Gospel According to John". It examines controversies that have long troubled both biblical scholars and lay readers. It discusses questions of authorship, composition, and dating, as well as the debate over source theories.
Relics affected everyone in medieval society. In this book, the author illustrates that the pervasiveness and variety of relics answered very specific needs of ordinary people across a darkened Europe under threat of political upheavals, disease, and hellfire. It examines an array of relics in the broad social and cultural context of their age.