Presenting the Art and History of Italy

New Book Releases 2020-21

New book releases on the art and history of Italy by historian Chris Dobson
A book about the Florence that the poet Dante knew

Discovering Dante’s Florence
A Traveller’s Guide

Projected release date December 2020
Ebook and Print Book, Price: TBA

This Book will make great reading for visitors to Florence and Tuscany who are interested in the life and works of the great Florentine poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), composer of one of the greatest works of Italian literature: the Divine Comedy. This book is about the city that Dante knew and loved, and was ultimately exiled from, seen through his eyes, and those of his contemporaries. It brings to life the vibrant everyday world of Medieval Florence that could be cruelly violent, but full of love and humour too.

Jousting and tournaments in Medici Florence

The Theatre of Magnificence
Jousts and Chivalric Display in Medici Florence

Publication postponed until further notice
Ebook, Price: €21.95

This book evokes a vanished world of amazing opulence. In Renaissance Florence the riches generated by banking and trade were used to arm the young men of the wealthy merchant class, who took part not only in spectacular jousts, but also torch-lit displays of horsemanship and courtly elegance which combined martial skill, romance and eroticism. Naturally, in the city that was the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’, these extraordinary events were rich in Neo-Classical allegory and symbolism.

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