Posted by Hattie Wilson, Senior Marketing Executive
We are delighted to announce that our new series, Universal Reform: Studies in Intellectual History, 1550-1700 has just published its first title. Transnational Networks and Cross-Religious Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds by Brandon Marriott examines the claim by Antonio de Montezinos in 1644 that he had discovered the Lost Tribes of Israel in the jungles of South America, and how this news spread across Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Marriott reveals the importance of early-modern crises, diasporas and newsgathering networks in generating eschatological constructs and transforming them through a process of intercultural dissemination into complex new hybrid religious conceptions and identities.
The Universal Reform series, edited by Howard Hotson and Vladimír Urbánek, examines the attempts by a wide variety of Post-Reformation intellectuals to extend the reforming impulse from the spheres of church and theology to many different areas of life and thought.
Within these ambitious reforming projects, impulses originating in the Reformation mixed inextricably with projects emerging from the late-Renaissance and with the ongoing transformations of communications, education, art, literature, science, medicine, and philosophy. Although specialised literatures exist to study these individual developments, they do not comfortably accommodate studies of how these components were sometimes brought together in the service of wider reforms. By providing a natural home for fresh research uncomfortably accommodated within Renaissance studies, Reformation studies, and the histories of science, medicine, philosophy, and education, Universal Reform pursues a more synoptic understanding of individuals, movements, and networks pursuing further and more general reform by bringing together studies rooted in all of these sub-disciplinary historiographies.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the Universal Reform series, please contact the publisher, Thomas Gray
Posted by Emily Ferro, Marketing Coordinator
While the idea of play may not immediately draw to mind images of research and academia, the study of games and play in culture is a growing topic for research, and one that Ashgate is eager to delve into. A new series has emerged, Ashgate’s Cultures of Play, 1300–1700 which focuses on a 400-year period of Renaissance European thought and culture. Interdisciplinary in scope, this series considers the ludic elements of the early modern period from all angles, including history, art, religion, literature, and beyond. The series editor is Bret Rothstein (Indiana).
As an exciting start to the series, Ashgate is thrilled to announce the release of Anthony Parr’s Renaissance Mad Voyages. Parr closely examines the strangely playful activities of these “madde voiages,” (as writer William Rowley referred to them). Dive into the history of these travel practices and explore their classical and medieval origins. “Renaissance Mad Voyages is one of those exciting scholarly books that make you realize how important and interesting its apparently obscure subject is”, according to Jeremy Lopez of the University of Toronto. Exciting, important, playful, and breaking through the barriers of obscurity, this Renaissance voyage is one you won’t want to miss.
For more information about Renaissance Mad Voyages, such as reviews, an index, and ordering details, visit http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472457097
For more information about the Cultures of Play, 1300–1700 series, or for information about submitting a book proposal, please visit http://www.ashgate.com/culturesofplay
Ashgate’s Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity series reaches its 10th anniversary this year. Edited by Mary Thomas Crane, Boston College, USA and Henry Turner, Rutgers University, USA, the series provides a forum for groundbreaking work on the relations between literary and scientific discourses in Europe, during a period when both fields were in a crucial moment of historical formation.
To celebrate the series’ 10th birthday we’re offering a 20% discount on web orders. For information about this special discount, and for more information on books on the series, visit the special LSCEM series page on our website.