[Free eBook] Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by Giovanni Della Casa [16th C Etiquette Manual]

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by the late medieval Italian author and diplomat Giovanni Della Casa is his vintage etiquette manual, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for December. The manual was originally published in 1558 as Il Galateo, overo de’ costumi and was highly influential back in the day, widely circulated for centuries after its initial publication in assorted translations, and can be considered a precursor to modern etiquette authorities such as Miss Manners.

This edition is newly translated by M. F. Rusnak, and contains a facsimile of the frontispiece of the older 1576 English translation, alongside all sorts of wittily-presented practical advice for ordinary Renaissance persons aspiring to gentlemanly refinement on conversation, fashion, table manners, as much for How Not To Do It as well as how to.

Offered worldwide through December (will probably stay free a day or two longer due to the New Year’s holiday), available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Doctoral Supervision: Organization and Dialogue by Søren S. E. Bengtsen [Health Professional Education]

Doctoral Supervision: Organization and Dialogue by Søren S. E. Bengtsen, an associate professor at Aarhus University, is his specialized medical management educational theory book, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for December. The book observes and examines the current approaches towards the supervision of doctors and their training in Denmark and Britain, as well as proposing improvements for the future.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through December, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup [Danish Academic Political Theory History]

Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup, a professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, is his academic book about the history of political ideas related to the modern state, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for December. The book focuses on the subtitular trifecta of core threads in the formation of states and their enduring influence and results of their application.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through December, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford by Arthur Mizener [20th C Author Biography]

The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford by the late author Arthur Mizener, a literary critic and English professor at Cornell University, is his vintage 20th century literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Harper & Row and was later republished in 1985 by Carroll & Graf.

This biography explores the life of early 20th century author and editor Ford Madox Ford known for his classic The Good Soldier, among other novels, who was influential and successful in his day and encouraged many other notable authors, but was also troubled by many personal and professional issues.

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[Free eBook] Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by Ian Zack [20th C Guitarist Biography]

Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by journalist Ian Zack is his biography of the eponymous African-American musician, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This biography of the late blues and gospel guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, whose style influenced many others (including Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and more), traces his life and career, drawing upon extensive research and interviews (the author met several of Davis’ students while working as a ticket booker, who in turn introduced him to many more people who knew him).

Offered worldwide through November, available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen [Danish Travel Lodgings Cultural History]

Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller (Cultural history of the pension: community, flirting, and meat patties) by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen is the 12th volume in the Skrifter om Dansk Byhistorie (Writings on Danish Urban History) series of topical academic titles, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This accessibly-written book covers the history and cultural significance of the pensionat, a kind of guesthouse or short-term boarding house for visitors and travellers, covering various aspects of life in and around them, from their heyday in Denmark between the 1800s and WWII, to declining usage into the modern era, and suggestions as to the applicability of its model in the future, illustrated with plenty of period photographs and other facsimiles.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

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[Free eBook] The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by Marjorie Bowen [20th C Author Autobiography]

The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by the late English author Marjorie Bowen, a prolific multi-genre novelist who wrote under many other pseudonyms during the early mid-20th century and had several works adapted to film, is her vintage autobiography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1939 by William Heinemann Ltd, and there’s a retrospective article about Bowen and her works as part of The Independent’s “Forgotten Authors” series, if you’re interested.

This autobiography details her early life spent in poverty and troubled family relationships as well as her attempts at self-education, and subsequent writing influences and career decisions.

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[Free eBook] A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by Godfrey Hodgson [Travel History & Culture Essays]

A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by British author Godfrey Hodgson, a journalist who was The Observer’s foreign correspondent for the White House, and later taught at Oxford University, is his part-travelogue book of destination essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Penguin’s Viking imprint.

The book consists of cultural exploration essays which are part-travelogue, exploring the history and ways of life, etc., of selected European cities in an homage to the traditional Grand Tour of bygone ages, incorporating both observations from the accounts of travelers in previous centuries as well as musings from the author’s own personal experiences visiting them during the course of his career.

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