Reformation, 1520-1559, ed. – Best Histories of Europe 16th Century
Vol. 2 in the series “The New Cambridge Modern History”.
The age of the Reformation -Economic change – The Reformation movements in Germany – The Reformation in Zurich, Strassburg and Geneva – The Anabaptists and the sects – The Reformation in Scandinavia and the Baltic – Politics and the institutionalism of reform in Germany – Poland, Bohemia and Hungary – The Reformation in France, 1515-1559 – The Reformation in England – Italy and the papacy – The new orders – The empire of Charles V in Europe – The Habsburg-Valois wars – Intellectual tendencies
Families in Former Times: Kinship, Household, and Sexuality – Best Histories of Europe
In this book, the author provides a detailed analysis of kinship, household and family relations in early modern France. He discusses the strength of kinship and family ties, the structure of households, the rights and duties of husband and wife, their authority over their children, the role of the family in education, the position of servants within the family, the attitudes and sentiments of different family members towards each other and the differences between noble and peasant families. He also deals with the changes in the patterns of sexual life that occurred in this period and investigates the beginnings of birth control in the late eighteenth century, and the possibilities of abortion and divorce. Professor Flandrin uses primarily documentary evidence from early modern France, but also draws comparisons with England in the same period, and with the medieval and modern family. His book provides a fascinating account of the intimate life of men and women in past society, and shows how that society has exerted a lasting influence on the behaviour of our contemporaries. Europe best histories.
Madness And Civilization – Best Histories of Europe 16th & 17th Century
A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Examines the archeology of madness in the West from 1500 to 1800 – from the late Middle Ages, when insanity was still considered part of everyday life and fools and lunatics walked the streets freely, to the time when such people began to be considered a threat, asylums were first built, and walls were erected between the “insane” and the rest of humanity. Europe best histories.
Age of the Baroque 1610-1660 – European History 1600s
Friedrich, Carl J.
The pattern of politics and economics – Baroque in life and letters – Baroque in art and music – Religion, philosophy and the sciences – The sultry years of precarious balance: the Dutch ascendancy – The Thirty Years’ War and the liquidation of the medieval empire – The modern state absolute: France under Richelieu and Mazarin – The eastern dynasties: Hapsburg, Romanov, Hohenzollern and Vasa, 1610-1660 – The modern state limited: the Parliament, Civil War, Commonwealth and Protectorate – The learned ax: a bibliographical essay
World of Humanism, 1453-1517 – European History 1500s
Gilmore, Myron P
The frontiers of Latin Christendom — The direction of economic and social change — Dynastic consolidation — The structure and function of government — The particular interests of the Christian princes — The condition of the Christian church — Scholarship and philosophy — The program of Christian humanism — Art and science. Europe best histories.
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The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind – Best Histories of Europe 17th Century
Grayling, A. C.
“The Age of Genius explores the eventful intertwining of outward event and inner intellectual life to tell, in all its richness and depth, the story of the 17th century in Europe. It was a time of creativity unparalleled in history before or since, from science to the arts, from philosophy to politics.
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Elizabeth I and Tudor England – European History 1500s
A short history, probably for high school readers. Europe best histories.
English Reformation Revised – Best Histories of Europe 16th Century
Haigh, Christopher, ed.
Twenty years ago, historians thought they understood the Reformation in England. Professor A. G. Dickens’s elegant The English Reformation was then new, and highly influential: it seemed to show how national policy and developing reformist allegiance interacted to produce an acceptable and successful Protestant Reformation. But, since then, the evidence of the statute book, of Protestant propagandists and of heresy trials has come to seem less convincing, Neglected documents, especially the records of diocesan administration and parish life, have been explored, new questions have been asked – and many of the answers have been surprising.
Renaissance Europe, 1480-1520 – European History 1500s
A volume in the “”Fontana History of Europe”” series.
Time and space. Calendar, clock and life span ; Diet and health ; Violence and death ; Mobility ; Feeling for nature ; Exploration — Political Europe. The political unit ; Some examples: Florence, France, Spain, England and Germany ; Internal development ; International relations and war — Individual and community. Christendom ; State, region, patria ; The ‘foreigner’ ; Local associations ; The family and personal relationships — Economic Europe. Continuity and change ; The tone of economic life ; Economic policy and taxation — Class. Definitions and attitudes ; Special cases ; The agricultural community, town-dwellers, aristocracy — Religion. Church and state ; Clerics ; The appeal of the church ; Dissatisfactions — The arts and their audience. Music ; Drama ; Art — Secular learning. The appeal of humanism ; Educational reform ; Christian humanism ; Political thought ; Science. Europe best histories.
Women and Work in Preindustrial Europe, ed. – Best Histories of Europe 16th & 17th Century
Ten essays by various historians.
Peasant women’s work in the context of marriage. Peasant women’s contribution to the home economy in late Medieval England / Barbara A. Hanawalt — The village ale-wife : women and brewing in fourteenth-century England / Judith M. Bennett — Slaves and domestic servants. To town to serve : urban domestic slavery in Medieval Ragusa / Susan Mosher Stuard — Women servants in Florence during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries / Christiane Klapisch-Zuber — Occupations related to female biology : wet nurses and midwives. Municipal wet nurses in fifteenth-century Montpellier / Leah L. Otis — Early modern midwifery : a case study / Merry E. Wiesner — Urban women in work and business. Women in business in Medieval Montpellier / Kathryn L. Reyerson — Women’s work in a market town : Exeter in the late fourteenth century / Maryanne Kowaleski — Is there a decline in women’s economic position in the sixteenth century? Women in the crafts in sixteenth-century Lyon / Natalie Zemon Davis — Women, the family economy, and the structures of market production in cities of Northern Europe during the late Middle Ages / Martha C. Howell. Europe best histories.
The Armada: The Decisive Battle – Best Histories of Europe 16th Century
Describes the causes, events, and aftermath of the battle in which the smaller English fleet defeated the great Spanish Armada in 1588.
THE EVENTS: The night of the fireships – diversion – the crippled GIANT – THE Duke defiant – the confusion of battle – Aftermath: the Armada in flight.
THE INVESTIGATION: Why were England and Spain at war? – What was the Spanish plan? – Could the Armada have succeeded? – The end of the Spanish threat? – further reading.
Intended for high school students.
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The Church (Life in the Renaissance) – Best Histories of Europe 16th & 17th Century
A description of the religious controversies of the Renaissance and Reformation with a focus on what life was like for ordinary people, both Catholic and Protestant.
Christian roots and branches — Power and protest — Community life — Men of God — Women and the church — Holy days and every day — Learning tolerance. Europe best histories.
Da Vinci and his Times – Best Histories of Europe 16th Century
Langley , Andrew
Illustrated biography of artist Leonardo da Vinci introduces his work and the world in which he lived.
The early renaissance — Discovering the past — City-states of Italy — Renaissance men — The new trade — Governing the people — City of the Medici — The church — The new architecture — The workshop — Making a panel for an altarpiece — Taming the wilderness — Proportion and perspective — Renaissance rivals — Fashion and finery — In the home — Design for living — The human body — Dreams of flying — Exploring the heavens — Warfare — Death and disease — A reading public — Music and leisure — The renaissance in the north — The renaissance legacy — Did you know? — Timeline of the renaissance
Thirty Years War – Best Histories of Europe 17th Century
Lee, Stephen J.
“The period 1618-1648 was one of the most complex in European history. Religion interacted with rebellion and dynastic rivalry in a series of conflicts in central Europe known collectively as the Thirty Years War. This book guides the reader through the period by surveying the narrative of events and establishing the essential chronological framework. In addition Stephen Lee looks at such key issues as the motives of the participants, their gains and losses, as well as at the religious, military, social and economic aspects of the War. Each section in the book incorporates the most recent research.” – Publisher. Europe best histories.
History of Protestantism: The Reformation – Best Histories of Europe 16th Century
Leonard, Emile G.
The Emergence Of Luther: The Message Of Individual Salvation – Luther And Social Problems – Organization And Spread Of Lutheranism – Lutheranism Checked By The Humanist Reformation – Stemming Of The Lutheran Tide – The Catholic Counter-Attack – Calvin, The Founder Of A Civilization. Europe best histories.
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Eyewitness Accounts of the Thirty Years War, 1618-48 – Best Histories of Europe 17th Century
“The Thirty Years War – the first great pan-European war, and until the twentieth century the most terrible – ravaged Germany, but myth, propaganda and historical controversy have obscured its true nature. The image is of the three scourges of war, famine and plague, bringing ruin, depopulation and even cannibalism in their wake. A ruthless and licentious soldiery allegedly looted, raped and burned their way repeatedly across the country, torturing civilians to force them to reveal their hidden valuables and cutting down anyone who resisted. But how far is this picture supported by the private diaries, memoirs and chronicles of soldiers and citizens who recorded their own experiences and those of their families and communities?
In this book war at the individual level is discussed and described using these sources, which are extensively quoted in their own words.” – Book cover