The Fugger Newsletters Author:edited by George T. Matthews Absolutely riveting, keep-you-on-the-seat-of-your-chair and awake reading when you need to get up early the next day eyewitness account of the Renaissance — From back of book: — Eyewitness accounts of one of the most turbulent and powerful periods in world history -- the reports of the confidential agents of the great Renaissance German bankers, t... more »he Fuggers of Ausburg.
Presened here and the revealing behind-the-scenes events -- from the wonder working of alchemists to the assassination of kinds -- as reported but the agents of the Fugger banking network for the territories for which they were responsible. Since the Fuggers had interests all over the Renaissance world, from Chine to Peru, they were the recipiencts of firsthand, red-hot information on comtenporary conditions which enabled them to invest their money correctly.
These accounts, ranin in time from the last half of the sixteenth century to the first years of the seventeenth, cover such events as the Spanish Armada, the Cediz raid of Essex, the depredations of Drake (as seen from the Spanish veiwpoint), peasant revolts, assassination of kings, the St. Bartholomew Day massacre, a plaugue of dolphins in the Mediterranean, witch burnings, the activities of the famous alchemist Bragodine (later hanged on a tinseled gallows) fantastic festivities and jousts, gorgeous ceremonies such as the modern are cannot produce, the Cenci and Accorambi murders, the plague, the various earthquakes, rains of blood, comets and omens, a frightful apparition of bloody war in the sky over Vienna, and the reported birth of Antichrist.
Not dry at all, and hard to classify as far as where this book belongs. Example: