Incorporating the latest research on Mary's reign, John Hunter discusses the impact of the Reformation on Scotland and the struggles between Mary and Knox and the Reformers, as well as telling the exciting story of Mary's life and turbulent times.
We think of Queen Elizabeth I as 'Gloriana': the most powerful English woman in history. We think of her reign (1558-1603) as a golden age of maritime heroes. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? This book answers the key questions that a prospective traveller to late sixteenth-century England would ask.
Explores the Catholic predicament in Elizabethan England through the eyes of one remarkable family: the Vauxes of Harrowden Hall. This book exposes the tensions and insecurities masked by the cult of Gloriana. It is a story of courage and frailty, repression and reaction and the terrible consequences when religion and politics collide.
Samuel Bawlf goes beyond Sir Francis Drake's epic circumnavigation of the globe to suggest that the explorer was given - and fulfilled - secret orders. The accomplishment of this task, he argues, made him - 200 years before Cook - one of the greatest of all explorers.
Walter Pater is increasingly seen as an important precursor of modernist aesthetic theory. This work was one of the most influential pieces of cultural criticism of its day, particularly on the work of Oscar Wilde, who described it as "my golden book ... the very flower of decadence".
Woodruff examines the implications of the end of the Cold War, the unravelling of communism, and challenge of non-western civilisations to western global superiority, at this transitional stage in world history. Third revised edition.
Presents an introduction to major themes and processes of early modern history - a phase between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. This book offers a chronology of major events. It is suitable for students who are embarking on the discovery of the early modern period.
The theme of this study of the 15th century is the emergence of Europe as an entity. Ranging throughout the continent and drawing examples from the works of contemporary observers, it descibes the changes Europe underwent and the reassessments which these caused.
For viewers of BBC One's 'Britain and the Sea', 'Leviathan' is a must-read; overturning long-held beliefs about our ancestry and weaving together the disparate strands that made the fabric of the Empire.
Tells the story of the Elizabethan Age. Apart from the complex character of the Virgin Queen herself, this title lets us follow the story of Francis Drake and political intriguers like William Cecil and Francis Walsingham, so important to a monarch who often made a key strategy out of her indecisiveness.
This history of Italy between 1380 and 1530 includes explorations of the structure of Italy, finance, the "contado", the Church and religious life. It includes political histories of Italy and Europe, the south, the Papal states and the north, and discusses learning, the arts and music.
Elizabeth I was originally dubbed 'the pirate queen' by Philip II of Spain and was acknowledged as such by the Pope. The ultimate icon of female power, Elizabeth was the first queen of England to rule in her own right. This title puts her into context, showing how her leadership transformed England from a fringe player to a world power.
Dealing with the period 1450-1700, this collection offers a snapshot of Anglo-French relations across the three centuries. It explores evidence of political co-operation and cultural influences, highlighting just how close early modern England's connections with France were, even at times of crisis.
This work emphasizes the survival of medieval traditions and the process of the creative adaptation of classical forms and values to their new cultural and social contexts in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.
Charles II was thirty when he crossed the Channel in fine May weather in 1660. His Restoration was greeted with maypoles and bonfires, like spring after long years of Cromwell's rule. This title is a portrait of Charles II, exploring his elusive nature through the lens of these ten vital years.
Covering the period from the accession of James I to the death of Queen Anne, this Companion provides a magisterial overview of the 'long' seventeenth century in British history. The chapters, each written by a leading expert, guide readers through the maze of scholarly debates about Stuart Britain.
This volume explores the transformation of the British Isles in the 16th century. England was a governed monarchy, but its authority was not enforced beyond the more developed South-East and Midlands and was exerised indirectly in Wales and Ireland, while Scotland was an independent monarchy.
The chapters in this volume, each written by a leading scholar of the period, analyse in turn the response to the Union of 1603, the religious controversies under the early Stuarts, the Civil War, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods, and the social and economic context within which these developments took place.
Luther provides a clear exposition of the state of German politics on the eve of the Reformation. Dr Mullett concentrates particularly on the evolution of Luther's thought and its central preoccupation with re-aligning the church's theology with that of the New Testament.
The essays in this book address the development of art, literacy and humanism across the length and breadth of Europe and show that though the Renaissance was recovering the culture of antiquity, it nevertheless served as the springboard for many specifically modern developments.
The purpose of this book is to decide where the achievement of Renaissance art and letters lay, by exploring the needs for which artists and humanists catered and by exploring why their work took place. It is not a history of the Renaissance, but an attempt to define its value.
* Provides new perspectives on established texts. * Orientates the new student, while providing advanced students with current and new directions. * Pioneered by leading scholars. * Occupies a unique niche in Renaissance studies. * Illustrated with 12 single--page black and white prints. .
At a time when men and women were prepared to kill - and be killed - for their faith, the Reformation tore western world apart. In this title, the author re-creates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars and politicians, from zealous Martin Luther nailing his Theses to door of a Wittenburg church to the radical Ignatius of Loyola.
Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. Heiress to the royal House of York, she schemed to marry Richard III, the man who had deposed and probably killed her brothers, and it is possible that she then conspired to put Henry Tudor on the throne. This book is a portrait of this beloved queen.
Renowned as an age of artistic rebirth, the Renaissance is cloaked with an aura of beauty and brilliance. But behind the Mona Lisa's smile lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity and corruption that has more in common with the present day than anyone dares to admit.
Nobilities in Transition explores the transformation of the nobility in the late 16th and 17th centuries. While paying due attention to the great heterogeneity of the nobility in Europe it nevertheless shows how the adherence to common values and ideals nevertheless gave noble elites coherence and a shared sense of identity.
Charles II has always been one of the most instantly recognisable British kings - both in his physical appearance, disseminated through endless portraits, prints and pub signs, and in his complicated mix of lasciviousness, cynicism and luxury. This book takes full advantage of its irrepressible subject.
This wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance sees the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement and cultural experimentation and interaction on a global scale. It guides the reader through the key issues that defined the period, from art, architecture, and literature, to advances in science, trade and travel.
Focusing on Europe's impact on the world, Jeremy Black analyses European attitudes, exploration, trade and acquisition of knowledge. Europe and the World, 1650-1830 is an important thematic study of the first age of globalisation.