The Seventeenth Century

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, October

Archives of the Scientific Revolution: The Formation and Exchange of Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Europe
Michael Hunter (ed.), Archives of the Scientific Revolution: the Formation and Exchange of Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Europe, Woodbridge, The Boydell Press, 1998, pp. xiii + 216, £45 ($75), 0851155537This is an important volume that should belong to...
Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660
Alison Shell, Catholicism, Controversy and the English Literary Imagination, 1558-1660, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp xi + 309, £37.50 ($59.95), ISBN 0521580900This challenging and thought-provoking book contains many important lessons...
'Chimeres, Monopoles and Stratagems': French Exiles in the Spanish Netherlands during the Thirty Years' War
In July 1631 Marie de' Medici, the queen mother of Louis XIII of France, arrived in the Spanish Netherlands as an exile. After passing through various towns she made her entry to the capital of Brussels in the company of the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia....
Dryden and the Consolations of Philosophy
The translations which Dryden contributed to Sylvae: or, the Second Part of Poetical Miscellanies (1685) occupy a pivotal position in the prevailing understanding of his mentality and career. Commentators seeking to counter the impression, derived from...
From Essayist to Author: Roger North and Evolving Narrative Forms
One of the most recent and full accounts of the late seventeenth-century moral essay is by J. Paul Hunter in his Before Novels.1 Hunter regards the essay as precursor to the eighteenth-century flourishing of the novel and notes that its major contribution...
John Lough, 1913-2000
John Lough, who died on 21 June 2000 at the age of eighty-seven, was Professor of French in the University of Durham from 1952 to 1978. His formidable international reputation in eighteenth-century scholarship, notably as the leading authority on Diderot...
Kepler's Tübingen: Stimulus to a Theological Mathematics
Charlotte Methuen, Kepler's Tübingen: Stimulus to a Theological Mathematics, Aldershot, Ashgate, 1998, pp xi + 280, £45, ISBN 1859283519The subject-matter of this work is the search for truth conducted by scientists and theologians in Germany in the...
'Le Véritable Champ Du Sublime'? the Ode in France in the Seventeenth Century
The question of the sublime in literature was, in its consequences, the most important single topic of literary theory to be debated in France in the last quarter of the seventeenth century. It is impossible now to consider the controversies that surrounded...
Local Responses to the English reformation/Popular Religion in Sixteenth-Century England
Robert Whiting, Local responses to the English reformation, London/New York, Macmillan/St Martin's Press, 1998, xii + 269 pp, PB £14.99, 0333642457; Christopher Marsh, Popular religion in sixteenth-century England, London/New York, Macmillan/St Martin's...
Marvell and Liberty
Warren Chernaik and Martin Dzelzainis (eds), Marvell and Liberty, Macmillan Press, London, 1999, pp. xiii + 365, £47.50, ISBN 0333725859Marvell's reputation has fluctuated markedly since his death. For a long time he was known primarily as the parliamentarian...
Michael Drayton and the Writing of Jacobean Britain
Michael Drayton is a poet whose chief critical notoriety... lies in having missed his moment; he was a Spenserian, a son of Edmund, a Bronze Age echo of Golden voices, a study in nostalgia and belatedness.1In a rare moment of absolute consensus between...
The Limits of Indemnity: The Earl of Derby, Sovereignty and Retribution at the Trial of William Christian, 1660-63
IOn 2 January 1663, William Christian, one-time Governor and Receiver-General of the Isle of Man, went to his death on Hango Hill, 'most penitently and ... curragiously'.1 Having prayed, addressed the assembled crowd and refused the offer of a blindfold,...
The New Map of the World: The Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico
Giuseppe Mazzotta, The New Map of the World: The Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1999, pp. xviii + 267, £27.50 ($45), 0691001804Vico's Scienza nuova, published first in 1725 and in a second version in 1730...
The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I
T. N. Corns (ed.), The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. xvi + 316, £35, ISBN 0521590477Published three hundred and fifty years after his execution, this handsomely produced collection explores...
The Theology of John Donne
Jeffrey Johnson, The Theology of John Donne, D. S. Brewer, Studies in Renaissance Literature, vol. 1, Cambridge, 1999, pp xiii + 162, £40 ($75), ISBN 0859915441Jeffrey Johnson's carefully structured book summarizes, in five chapters, five focal points...
Thomas Hobbes and 'The Mathematical Demonstration of the Sword'
IAmong the Harleian manuscripts in the British Library sits a brief treatise entitled 'The mathematical demonstration of the sword' (MS 5219). The text of this little tract covers a mere seven pages, with two pages of printed diagrams. It sets about...
Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650: Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe/The Anglo-Dutch Naval Wars 1652-1764
Jan Glete, Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650: Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe, Routledge, London, 2000, pp. viii + 231, pb. £15.99, ISBN: 0415214556; Roger Hainsworth and Christine Churches, The Anglo- Dutch Naval Wars 1652-1764, Stroud,...
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