Magazine article History Today

Early Modern Europe.(recent publications)(Brief Article)(Bibliography)

Magazine article History Today

Early Modern Europe.(recent publications)(Brief Article)(Bibliography)

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Although also covering earlier and later developments, The Emblem by John Manning (Reaktion, 25 [pounds sterling]) discusses the emergence in the 16th century of an enduring pictorial tradition in art and literature: an image above a mot, to or a line of prose.

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Covering the history and iconogaphy of a single, well-known painting, The Ambassadors' Secret by John North (Hambledon & London, 25 [pounds sterling]), reveals the background and deliberate meaning of Holbein's portrait of two French diplomats at Henry VIII's court.

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A Brief History of the tudor Age by Jasper Ridley (Constable and Robinson, 7.99 [pounds sterling]) brings together political and social history with everyday life from this vivid period, in one of the new series of `Brief Histories' from this publisher.

Another general work is Empire, War and Faith in Early Modern Europe by Geoffrey Parker (Penguin, 20 [pounds sterling]), which examines aspects of the period such as the life of Phillip II of Spain and the Protestant Reformation.

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The biography of a man who created the cartographic projection that formed the most commonly used image of the Earth's surface is discussed in Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet by Nicholas Crane (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 20 [pounds sterling]). …

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