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The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Dynasty
by Barb Alexander

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

November 03, 2015

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<b>鈥淎n entertaining yet highly accurate guide to this larger-than-life royal dynasty鈥?(Claire Ridgway, author of <i>The Fall of Anne Boleyn</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> From the bloody Wars of the Roses to Queen Elizabeth I鈥檚 iconic rule, the Tudor Dynasty was a fascinating period of English history鈥攁nd monarchs such as Henry VIII have become a part of modern pop culture, appearing in endless TV shows, novels, and movies, as well as parodies and satires. After all these centuries, how do you separate the truth from the legends?<br /> 聽<br /> This guide鈥攚ith beautiful color illustrations鈥攄ebunks the myths, provides lots of fun facts, and offers a journey through the Tudor era that鈥檚 not only informative, but humorous and entertaining.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 wonderfully irreverent and engaging introduction to the Tudors.鈥?鈥擲uzannah Lipscomb, author of <i>1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淧utting the events and people of 500 years ago into a clear, modern context, this is as witty and punchy an introduction to the period as you could hope for.鈥?鈥擩ustin Pollard, historical consultant for Showtime鈥檚 <i>The Tudors</i>
The Dance of Time: The Origins of the Calendar
by Michael Judge

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English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 21, 2011

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Did you know that the ancient Romans left sixty days of winter out of their calendar, considering these two months a dead time of lurking terror and therefore better left unnamed? That they had a horror of even numbers, hence the tendency for months with an odd number of days? That robed and bearded druids from the Celts stand behind our New Year鈥檚 figure of Father Time? That if Thursday is Thor鈥檚 day, then Friday belongs to his faithful wife, Freya, queen of the Norse gods? That the name Easter may derive from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre, whose consort was a hare, our Easter Bunny?聽<br />Three streams of history created the Western calendar鈥攆irst from the Sumerians, then from the Celtic and Germanic peoples in the North, and finally from Palestine with the rise of Christianity. Michael Judge teases out the contributions of each stream to the shape of the calendar, to the days and holidays, and to associated lore. In them, he finds glimpses of a way of seeing before the mechanical time of clocks, when the rhythms of man and woman matched those of earth and sky, and the sacred was born.
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt

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English

Pages

377

Publication Date

September 26, 2011

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<p><strong>Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction聽<br /><br />Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction</strong></p><br />One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.<br /><br /><br /><br />Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, <em>On the Nature of Things</em>, by Lucretius鈥攁 beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.<br /><br /><br /><br />The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
by Stephanie Storey

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.<br /><br />Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he returns to Florence and wins the commission to carve what will become one of the most famous sculptures of all time: David. Even though his impoverished family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak. Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish carving.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Leonardo's life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he can't seem to finish any project; he is obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a woman he has seen in the market--a merchant's wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.<br /><br />Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo's genius.<br /><br /><i>Oil and Marble</i> is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. <br /><br />Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Rival Sisters: Mary & Elizabeth Tudor
by Sylvia Barbara Soberton

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English

Pages

259

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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鈥淧artners both in throne and grave, here rest we two sisters Elizabeth and Mary, in the hope of one resurrection.鈥?lt;br /><br />This inscription is visible on the tomb where Elizabeth I and her half sister, Mary I, lie buried together in one vault in the North Aisle of Henry VII鈥檚 Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey. It is the relationship between Elizabeth and her Scottish cousin Mary Stuart that is often discussed and pondered over while the relationship between Elizabeth and her own half sister is largely forgotten. Yet it is the relationship with Mary Tudor that forged Elizabeth鈥檚 personality and set her on the path to queenship. <br /><br />Mary鈥檚 reign was the darkest period in Elizabeth鈥檚 life. 鈥淚 stood in danger of my life, my sister was so incensed against me,鈥?Elizabeth reminded her councillors when they pressed her to name a successor.It is time to tell the whole story of the fierce rivalry between the Tudor half sisters who became their father鈥檚 successors.
The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetia...
by Laura Morelli

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

November 01, 2017

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<h2>Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? </h2><br /><p></p><p></p><h2>When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly.</h2><br /><p></p><p>2018 WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, HONORABLE MENTION<br /><p></p><p>ERIC HOFFER GRAND PRIZE FINALIST<br /></p><p></p><p>EDITOR'S CHOICE, HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW<br /></p><p></p><p><br /><em>Venice, 1510.</em> Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father鈥檚 legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she鈥檚 ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.<br /></p><p><br />Maria arranges to leave the painter鈥檚 workshop to return to her family workshop and to a secret lover waiting for her back home. But the encroaching Black Death foils her plans鈥?lt;br /></p><p><br />When the painter鈥檚 servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away to train with Master Trevisan, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants鈥?silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. <br /></p><p><br />She questions whether her heart鈥檚 desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria鈥檚 sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father鈥檚 doorstep and steals away everything she鈥檚 ever loved鈥?lt;br /></p><p><br />From the author of the award-winning <em>The Gondola Maker</em> comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds.<br /></p><p><br /></p><h2><i>Buy <i>The Painter鈥檚 Apprentice</i> today to transport yourself to the vibrant and dangerous world of 16th-century Venice鈥?lt;/i></h2><i><br /></i><br />
The Anne Boleyn Collection III: Celebrating 10 years of the Anne ...
by Claire Ridgway

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English

Pages

146

Publication Date

November 14, 2019

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<p><strong>Claire Ridgway</strong>, best-selling author and creator of the Anne Boleyn Files website, celebrates the 10th anniversary of her site with this collection of articles on Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, and Tudor history.</p><br /><p>Written in Claire's easy-going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research, <em>The Anne Boleyn Collection III</em> is perfect reading for Tudor history lovers everywhere. Myths, popular misconceptions and inaccuracies, are all challenged by Claire using contemporary evidence.<p><br /><p>Topics include:</p><br /><ul><br /><li>What did Anne Boleyn look like?</li><br /><li>Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?</li><br /><li>Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII</li><br /><li>The spitefully ambitious Anne Boleyn</li><br /><li>Was Anne Boleyn in love with Henry Norris?</li><br /><li>Lady Jane Grey and Mary I - Who was the usurper?</li><br /><li>Henry VIII - From Renaissance prince to tyrant</li><br /><li>The Fall of Anne Boleyn - Why did it happen?</li><br /></ul><br /><p>The fascinating articles are taken from the popular Anne Boleyn Files website and talks that Claire has done over the past few years.</p>
The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
by Paul Strathern

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English

Pages

430

Publication Date

March 15, 2016

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<p><strong>A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici.</strong></p><br />A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, <em>The Medici</em> is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so much to sponsor and encourage.<br /><br /><br /><br />Strathern also follows the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' M茅dicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.
A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance -...
by William Manchester

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

September 09, 2009

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William Manchester's A World Lit Only by Fire is the preeminent popular history of civilization's rebirth after the Dark Ages.

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