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