Early Modern Britain and Europe
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 Heers (Greenhill, 18.99 [pounds sterling]) offers a robust and enthralling account of the world of the Barbarossa brothers and the effect of their privateering on trade and commerce in the Mediterranean.
Ross King's Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceillng (Pimlico, 9.99 [pounds sterling]) is an enthralling account of the difficulties experienced and the discoveries made by Michelangelo during the four year-long painting of the Sistine Chapel.
The Renaissance Drill Book, by Jacob de Gheyn (Greenhill, 14.99 [pounds sterling]) was an immense success when first published in 1607, and is a manual of how to handle a caviler and musket correctly. Published with an introduction by David Blackmore.
Tim Tatton-Brown and Richard Mortimer document the history of Westminster Abbey. The lady Chapel of Henry VII (Boydell & Brewer, 50 [pounds sterling]), the epitome of the late Perpendicular style in architecture.
Andrew Chibi looks at the lives of the men who were crucially involved in church and state, spirituality and temporality in Henry VIII's Bishops (James Clark & Co., 50 [pounds sterling])
Harry Potter has written an account of the siege of Edinburgh when civil war raged over the dethroning of Mary Stuart, and an English force attacked the Scottish capital, in Edinburgh Under Siege 1571-1573 (Tempus, 14.99 [pounds sterling]).
Green Desires: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens, by Rebecca Bushnell (Cornell, 17.95 [pounds sterling]), investigates early gardening manuals, and analyses the dignity and pleasure of garden labour, showing that gardening was not just a practical activity but one of the imagination as well, at this period.
James Travers consults original documents and the letters of Shakespeare in an attempt to reveal the real personality of England's first Stuart king in James I: The Masque of Monarchy (The National Archives, 14.99 [pounds sterling]). John Miller provides a detailed account of the monarchs of the Stuart dynasty and also examines the lineage in its entirety in Smarts (Hambledon and London, 19. …