Da Vinci and His Times
Eyewitness Books does wonderful travel guides and historical guides.
Filled with beautiful illustrations and photos, Da Vinci and His Times depicts this genius of the Renaissance very nicely. It delves into the times in which he lived by describing the city-states of Italy, the Catholic Church, the architecture, the perfecting of proportion and perspective in painting, fashion, Da Vinci’s studies of the human body and flying machines and much more. If you read it you can find out who invented platform shoes in the 16th century!
This is just one in the Eyewitness series. The AADL has many more including Knights and Castles, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient China, Shakespeare and the Wild West.
Spend a summer afternoon reliving history and it will be like you were there (almost!).