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The Flemish Masters

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent & Bruges

Essential Reading

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Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

by Mark Lamster

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Ranging from his home in Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, Lamster uncovers the gripping tale behind one of the world's most famous painters and his double life as a secret agent, diplomat and political operative in 17th century Europe. (BLG44, $17.00)

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

by Rebecca Miles

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing. (BLG16, $20.00)

Belgium/Luxembourg Map

Belgium/Luxembourg Map

by HEMA Maps

  • MAP

A colorful map of Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:250,000. (BLG15, $10.95)

 

Brussels Map


by Freytag & Berndt

  • MAP

A detailed city map of Brussels at a scale of 1:10,000. (BLG28, $12.95)

Culture Smart! Belgium

Culture Smart! Belgium


by Mandy Macdonald

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (BLG26, $9.95)

Good Beer Guide Belgium

Good Beer Guide Belgium


by Joe Strange | Tim Webb

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

The seventh edition of Webb's invaluable guide to breweries, beers and bars. (BLG40, $24.95)

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa


by Adam Hochschild

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An enthralling narrative of the 19th-century colonization of the Belgian Congo, written by an award-winning journalist. The focus of the book is Belgian King Leopold, who oversaw the colonization. (CAF08, $16.95)

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

The Autumn of the Middle Ages


by Johan Huizinga

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 467 PAGES

A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well translated classic is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands. (EUR17, $30.00)

Bruegel

Bruegel


by Walter S. Gibson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A volume in the excellent "World of Art" series, Gibson's book dispels the myth of Bruegel the simpleton artist and replaces it with a portrait of a man who understood the needs of his patrons. With many black-and-white and color reproductions of the paintings. (NTH41, $14.95)

Brugel to Rubens, Master of Flemish Painting


by Desmond Shawe-Taylor

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

In the mid-16th century, Flanders was the most sophisticated society in Europe, but its learning and luxury industries were all but annihilated by the Eighty Years War. This book discusses works that were painted during this turbulent period. (BLG47, $30.00)

Rubens

Rubens


by Kristin Lohse Belkin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Belkin chronicles the 17th century artist Peter Paul Rubens from his early family life to his influential interactions with the Italian Renaissance masters and finally to Antwerp, where he rose to fame as a renowned painter and diplomat to the royal courts of Europe. (NTH42, $29.95)

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character. (EUR25, $14.99)

Niccolo Rising

Niccolo Rising


by Dorothy Dunnett

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 470 PAGES

From the reigning queen of historical fiction comes this fast-paced, thoroughly-researched novel of ambition and worldly goods in 15th-century Bruges. This is the first volume in her House of Niccolo series. (BLG13, $15.95)

Villette

Villette


by Charlotte Bronte

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

Bronte's last published work, also known as the "Brussels novel," is an emotionally complex, somber tale that draws on the author's school teacher days. Her description of Villette (Brussels) is a realistic portrait of the cosmopolitan city. (BLG17, $12.00)

Wonder


by Hugo Claus

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

Claus mixes expertly crafted stories of postwar Flanders with poignant psychological portraits rich in mythological and literary allusion. (BLG50, $15.00)

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