Renaissance

Velazquez and the Surrender of Breda: The Making of a Masterpiece

By Anthony Bailey - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

Diego Velazquez is perhaps best known for his rendering of one of the few Spanish victories during the long war with the Netherlands; ...Read Review

Sister Queens

By Julia Fox - Published 2011Published 2012

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Nonfiction

Sister Queens is the story of two daughters of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, Their Most Catholic Majesties, whose formidable influence ...Read Review

Cross My Heart

By Sasha Gould - Published 2012

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AdventureChildren/Young Adult

Venice, 1585. Confined to a convent for the six years since her mother’s death, 16-year-old Laura lives for her memories of her happy ...Read Review

The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began

By Stephen Greenblatt - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

There was something serendipitous about reading this book in a week that modern scientists took a step closer to the elusive Higgs boson. ...Read Review

The Tigress of Forlì: The Life of Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici

By Elizabeth Lev - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

Caterina Sforza, born in 1463, lived a full life. The illegitimate daughter of the future Duke of Milan, she was married at age ten ...Read Review

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

By Dava Sobel - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

In mid-16th-century Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus, a reclusive canon of the Catholic Church, had labored for decades over an astronomical treatise that stood ...Read Review

The Courtesan’s Lover

By Gabrielle Kimm - Published 2011

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Romance

Naples, 1564: beautiful and smart Francesca Felizzi strives to acquire wealthy patrons in her quest to become a cortigiana honesta, the top of the ...Read Review

The Midwife of Venice

By Roberta Rich - Published 2011

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In this beautifully conceived debut novel, Hannah, a young Jewish midwife living in the ghetto of Venice, has her late night disturbed by ...Read Review

The Ground is Burning

By Samuel Black - Published 2011

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Biographical Fiction

In the autumn of 1502, Cesare Borgia is at the height of his power and notoriety. Leonardo da Vinci works for him as a ...Read Review

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

By Stuart Clark - Published 2011

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Biographical Fiction

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth follows the lives of Johannes Kepler, a German Lutheran who was the first man to mathematically prove how ...Read Review