1. Set I: Hideyoshi and Henry IV of France
2. Set II: Hurrem Sultan and Lady Zheng
3. Set III: Afonso I of Kongo and Elizabeth I of England
4. Set IV: Pope Clement VII and Moctezuma II of Mexico
Rebecca Ard Boone is Professor of History at Lamar University, USA. Her previous publications include War, Domination, and the Monarchy of France (2007) and Mercurino di Gattinara and the Creation of the Spanish Empire (2014).
'This book will capture the imagination of students and immerse them in the early modern world. Readers will come to see the sixteenth century in its most exciting light: bloody, plotting, romantic, dramatic, shocking. Rebecca Ard Boone has a knack for storytelling and for finding the vivid details. With these paired biographies, she has brought to life the major themes that defined the century.'
Emily Michelson, University of St. Andrews, UK