Academic journal article The Seventeenth Century

Nederlandse Liefde Voor Christopher Love (1618-1651): Studies over Het Vertaalde Werk Van Een Presbyteriaanse Puritein

Academic journal article The Seventeenth Century

Nederlandse Liefde Voor Christopher Love (1618-1651): Studies over Het Vertaalde Werk Van Een Presbyteriaanse Puritein

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Nederlandse liefde voor Christopher Love (1618-1651): Studies over het vertaalde werk van een presbyteriaanse puritein, edited by W.J. Op't Hof and F.W. Huisman, Amstelveen, EON Pers, 2013, 543 pp., euro50.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-90-77246-62-7

Love's labour regained?

This is a book about the seventeenth-century Welsh-born Puritan Christopher Love. The title plays on Love's surname Dutch Love for Christopher Love and tells us that the book concerns Love's life and the many translations of his work into Dutch which allowed our continental neighbours, in whose country Calvinism was of course very strong, to read and learn from Love's writings. The book consists of nine chapters written by the editors and two other authors, A. Baars and J. van de Kamp. Chapter 1 gives us an overview of Love's life; Chapter 2 focuses on Love's sermons; Chapter 3 provides us with a detailed bibliography of Dutch translations of Love's work. Chapters 4-6, all written by Op't Hof, consider respectively illustrations in the Dutch translations of Love's work; the background and other writings of the Dutch translators; and a history of the editions of Love's work in Dutch. Chapter 7 explores the translation strategies of the translators, whilst the final two chapters consider in turn the reception of Love's work in the Netherlands and the international reception of his work.

The book succeeds in illustrating how well Love's work in translation was received. It could also be called, dare I say it, a labour of love, for the four authors have each clearly undertaken exhaustive research in order to provide the reader with extensive details of each of the subjects they describe. …

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