June Osbourne's Urbino: The Story of a Renaissance City (Frances Lincoln. 35 [pounds sterling]) tells the story of the stunning ducal city that became a Mecca for artists such as Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello and became the setting for Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier. The book includes a foreword by Sir John Mortimer ant photography by Joe Cornish.
Venetian Painting In the Fifteenth Century: Jacopo, Gentile, Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna (Brepols, Euro 110) by Otto Paecht is a collection of scholarly lectures, translated into English by Fiona Elliot.
Niccolo Machiavelli's classic text Art of War (17.50 [pounds sterling]) has been reissued by the University of Chicago Press with a new translation and commentary by Christopher Lynch
The Barbary Corsairs: Warfare in the Mediterranean 1480-1580 by Jacques …