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The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home by Abigail Williams

All sorts of eighteenth century reading.  Works on elocution, lewd anecdotes to the Family Editions of works from Shakespeare onward, the problems with selling Shakespeare plays that hadn't actually been acted for over a century, the dangers of eyestrain and how having someone read aloud could protect your sight, reading associated knickknacks,  and more.
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The Man Behind The Iron Mask by John Noone

A review of the legends and the realities.

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The History Of England from the reign of. Henry the 4th to the death of. Charles the 1st. By a partial, prejudiced, & ignorant Historian by Jane Austen

One of her juvenilia. As usual, extremely funny and light-hearted. She had satire down pat early.
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Food & Feast in Tudor England by Alison Sim

An overview of many issues relating food in that era.

Discusses servants, for instance, and their rank as well as what they did at meals and how they ate. Nutrition of the diet. What was done for fancy. The enormous prices of food. Beer and wine. Tableware. Little survives because it was not valued for age; only for metal and if it had some noble associations. Entertainments. And more.

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White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh

A history of colonial America's indenture servitude.

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The Golden Bees: The Story of the Bonapartes by Theo Aronson

A personal history of Napoleon's family.  From his natal family to about World War II -- the epilogue is about Hitler's attempt to make a gracious gesture by having Napoleon's son 's coffin moved to France.
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The Rise and Fall of Merry England: The Ritual Year 1400-1700 by Ronald Hutton

A study of the festive year -- straight through the period of the Reformation.

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Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes, and Fine Clothing by Carole Collier Frick

Like it says.  Though it's interesting, since you have to piece it together.  No complete garments survive.
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The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione

A book to read to learn about the Renaissance and how they thought.

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The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter T. Leeson

A discussion of pirate practices and why they were sound rational decisions by economical rules.

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English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama by C.S. Lewis

Lewis in his don mode.  a look at Scotland and England in that era and the literature that came out.  Plus the influences that went into it.Read more... )
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Commedia Dell'arte: An Actor's Handbook by John Rudlin

I'm not the target audience for this book, never having gotten into acting.  But I still found it interesting.

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Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft by Robin Briggs

An in-depth look at the belief and trials and conditions of the witch craze
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Majesty and Magic in Shakespeare's Last Plays by Frances A. Yates

An analysis of the imagery and the political messages of Shakespeare's last plays, starting with Pericles.

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Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 5: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by Bengt Ankarloo, Roy Porter, Brian P. Levack, and Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra

Being three essays on three different topics:  how the trials ends, what forms of folk magic were practiced after the end of the trials, and the enlightenment contempt for magic and the supernatural.

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The King's Servants: Men's Dress At The Accession Of Henry Viii by Caroline Johnson

Tudor dress, drilling down into the primary sources.

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Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke

Primary source on the era of the French Revolution, and how it looked across the English Channel.

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To Love, Honor, and Obey in Colonial Mexico: Conflicts over Marriage Choice, 1574-1821 by Patricia Seed

A study of an era in which a great change occurred.

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Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: A Feminist Reinterpretation Of The Wives Of Henry VIII by Karen Lindsey

Despite the subtitle, it's an investigation into what can be reconstructed of their character and their interactions with the king.  It's very hard on Henry, but never without evidence.  (I'm using her spellings.  She used the irregular orthography of the day to separate the women of the same name with different spellings.)

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Aztecs: An Interpretation by Inga Clendinnen

An analysis of Aztec culture, insofar as it can be reconstructed.  With some information on its history.  It was rather brief.  Two lifespans would have been enough to encompass it from its beginnings to its fall before the Spanish.

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