The Decameron: First Encounter with a Medieval Classic

Having finally busted through The Silmarillion and having finally finished my exploration of Richard III, I find myself in the position of being compelled once more to tackle another of the "difficult" books of great literature.  I do this from time to time, a carry over from my laughable experiences of high school and college.  … Continue reading The Decameron: First Encounter with a Medieval Classic

The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

"Don't be so gloomy. After all, it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love -- they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

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

1499.  Clad in battle armor over her noble finery, a woman looks down from the ramparts of the fortress at Forli.  Her surrender is demanded in exchange for the life of her son, a prisoner of the enemy army.  In an act of legendary defiance, she hikes up her skirts, grabs herself, and announces that … Continue reading The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici by Elizabeth Lev

The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

The Italian Renaissance.  We all know it.  It's that brief time in history where powerful families and political factions were dealing death on the streets while artistic geniuses put their indelible stamp on the world.  The upheaval of that time forged the modern world.  To survive in that world, one had to have sprezzatura, that easy-going, effortless … Continue reading The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson

David Hewson, this time without his previous collaborator, A. J. Hartley, has released a third novel in the line that extrapolates and expands upon the plays of William Shakespeare, putting them into their proper time and historical context.  This time around, it's an era of great upheaval that history would someday call the Italian Renaissance.  The year … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson

Delphi Complete Works of Raphael (Masters of Art Book 13) by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

My art geek is showing again.  I have so many novels and history tomes about me that I need to read in the evenings, but I keep gravitating towards these Delphi Complete Works ebooks.  As much as I feel like Amazon is the devil at times, much as the Medici must have seemed to Renaissance … Continue reading Delphi Complete Works of Raphael (Masters of Art Book 13) by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

Delphi Complete Works of Leonardo da Vinci (Masters of Art Book 1) by Peter Bryant

You can walk into any bookstore or museum gift shop and buy many, many, many books on Leonardo da Vinci.  Some are more cost effective than others.  You may find a book of his paintings, or just the drawings, or even a book of his much sought after notebooks.  I know because I have these … Continue reading Delphi Complete Works of Leonardo da Vinci (Masters of Art Book 1) by Peter Bryant

Delphi Complete Works of Michelangelo (Illustrated) (Masters of Art Book 10) by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

I've been having a bit of a personal renaissance in my world, rediscovering many "lost" and forgotten treasures that I actually have at my fingertips.  One of them is my ebook collection, and within that are a number of books that I bought like this one.  I wasn't expecting too much at the time, especially … Continue reading Delphi Complete Works of Michelangelo (Illustrated) (Masters of Art Book 10) by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni