For the Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament also known as Codex Leicester, see Minuscule 69. The Codex Leicester (also briefly known as Codex Hammer) is a collection of largely scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. The codex is named after Thomas Coke, later created Earl of Leicester, who purchased it in 1719.
Richard II has long suffered from an effeminate reputation, but the real king was very different. This book argues that the king sought to assert his authority by acting in accordance with prevailing ideas of manhood, first through a military campaign, and then, fatally, through revenge against those who attempted to restrain him.
Carlo Ginzburg's "The Cheese and the Worms" is an insightful, wonderful read for anyone who enjoys history, detailing events of the Roman Inquisition through the eyes of a miller who was eventually burned at the stake for his views.