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The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
by Christopher Hibbert
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It was a dynasty with more wealth, passion, and power than the houses of Windsor, Kennedy, and Rockefeller combined. It shaped all of Europe and controlled politics, scientists, artists, and even popes, for three hundred years. It was the house of Medici,... (read more)

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The Stones of Florence
The Stones of Florence
by Mary Mccarthy
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A beloved tribute to Florence that blends history, artistic reflection, and keen social observation   Renowned for her sharp literary style, essayist and fiction writer Mary McCarthy offers a unique history of Florence, from its inception to the... (read more)

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The Italian Renaissance (Essential Readings in History)
The Italian Renaissance (Essential Readings in History)
by Paula Findlen
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Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume.... (read more)

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City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas
City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas
by Roger Crowley
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“The rise and fall of Venice’s empire is an irresistible story and [Roger] Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler.”—The Financial Times   The New York Times... (read more)

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The Stones of Venice
The Stones of Venice
by John Ruskin
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”It is in Venice, and in Venice only, that effectual blows can be struck at this pestilent art of the Renaissance. Destroy its claims to admiration there, and it can assert them nowhere else.” This was Ruskin’s war cry as he entered the... (read more)

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History of Venice (82 Edition)
History of Venice (82 Edition)
by John Julius Norwich
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Fortune is a River: Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli's Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History
Fortune is a River: Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli's Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History
by Roger D Masters
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Few people know that Leonardo da Vinci and Niccol Machiavelli crossed paths when Leonardo worked -- ostensibly as an engineer, possibly as a spy -- in Cesare Borgia's court and Machiavelli was Florence's ambassador there. Soon thereafter, they formed a... (read more)

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Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King
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Of the many transformations that architecture has undergone throughout history, none is more important to the Renaissance than Filippo Brunelleschi's dome design for the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence. Few books have introduced Renaissance... (read more)

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Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style (Oxford Paperbacks)
Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style (Oxford Paperbacks)
by Michael Baxandall
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Serving as both an introduction to fifteenth-century Italian painting and as a text on how to interpret social history from the style of pictures in a given historical period, this new edition to Baxandall's pre-eminent scholarly volume examines early... (read more)

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Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici
Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici
by Miles Unger
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andlt;iandgt;Magnificoandlt;/iandgt; is a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age. A true "Renaissance man," Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and magnetic... (read more)

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Faith, Reason, and the Plague in Seventeenth-Century Tuscany
Faith, Reason, and the Plague in Seventeenth-Century Tuscany
by Carlo M Cipolla
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By the late fall of 1630, the Black Plague had descended upon northern Italy. The prentice Magistry of Public Health, centered in Florence, took steps to contain and combat the scourge. In this essay, Carlo Cipolla recreates the daily struggle of plague... (read more)

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A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century
A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century
by Andrea Di Robilant
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In the waning days of Venices glory in the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was scion to one the citys oldest patrician families. At the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the beautiful, illegitimate daughter... (read more)

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Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa
Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa
by Nicholas Shrady
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In Tilt, author Nicholas Shrady reveals how the campanile, or bell tower, in Pisa's Campo dei Miracoli became the iconic Tower of Pisa. Even standing straight and true, the tower's marble and lime facade would be instantly recognizable the world over... (read more)

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The Stones of Venice
The Stones of Venice
by John Ruskin
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John Ruskin, Victorian England's greatest writer on art and literature, believed himself to be an adopted son of Venice, and his feelings for this beautiful, melancholy city are nowhere better expressed than in The Stones of Venice, a collection of... (read more)

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The Italian Renaissance
The Italian Renaissance
by J. H. Plumb
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A definitive overview of Renaissance-era Italy.... (read more)

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Corruption :ethics and power in Florence, 1600-1770
Corruption :ethics and power in Florence, 1600-1770
by Jean Claude Waquet
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In this elegant and original book, Jean-Claude Waquet examines the problem of corruption in early modern Europe. Defining corruption to include both embezzlement of public funds by officials and their taking presents in return for favors rendered, he... (read more)

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Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice
Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice
by David I Kertzer
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This quintessential David-and-Goliath saga tells the story of a wholly unexpected triumph of the poor against the rich and of a crusading city attorney who fought on behalf of an impoverished peasant. Amalia Bagnacavalli, an illiterate young peasant from... (read more)

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The Borgias: The Hidden History
The Borgias: The Hidden History
by G. J. Meyer
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The startling truth behind one of the most notorious dynasties in history is revealed in a remarkable new account by the acclaimed author of The Tudors and A World Undone. Sweeping aside the gossip, slander, and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias... (read more)

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Murder of a Medici Princess
Murder of a Medici Princess
by Caroline P. Murphy
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In Murder of a Medici Princess, Caroline Murphy illuminates the brilliant life and tragic death of Isabella de Medici, one of the brightest stars in the dazzling world of Renaissance Italy, the daughter of Duke Cosimo I, ruler of Florence and Tuscany... (read more)

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Medici Money
Medici Money
by Tim Parks
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Before they achieved renown as patrons of the arts and de facto rulers of Florence, the Medici family earned their fortune in banking. But even at the height of the Renaissance, charging interest of any kind meant running afoul of the Catholic Church s... (read more)

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