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Recent Book Reviews

Book reviews from the last 6 months.

Review: THE BRETHREN by Robert Merle

Hankering for fiction set in sixteenth century France? I recently discovered THE FORTUNES OF FRANCE by Robert Merle, a series of thirteen historical novels that span the years 1547 to 1661. Written in...
From Writing the Renaissance on 29 Dec 2017

Historical Novels Set in Sixteenth-Century France

Tired of Tudors and Borgias? If you enjoy historical fiction set in sixteenth century France, here are some novels to seek out:ClassicsThe Princesse de Cleves (1678) by Madame de Lafayette (various...
From Writing the Renaissance on 15 Sep 2017

EMA Book Reviews: October 2017

The most recent EMA list of open-access book reviews is available here and under “Research.”
From Early Modern Architecture on 5 Oct 2017

Merry Christmas: Reviews, Guest Blogs and More

We’re now ending yet another year of blogging. It’s true, as you get older time goes faster. It feels like five minutes ago that we were wishing everyone a Happy 2017 and we’re...
From All Things Georgian on 19 Dec 2017

Exploring Fault Lines in the Constitution

In the coming weeks, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson will speak in various Massachusetts venues about their new book, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect...
From Boston 1775 on 2 Sep 2017

Boles on Jefferson in Boston, 14 Nov.

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty is a new biography of the third President by John B. Boles, a professor of history at Rice University. He was co-editor of the essay collection Seeing Jefferson...
From Boston 1775 on 12 Nov 2017

Book Review: “Minette” by Melanie Clegg

Published by Madame Guillotine in 2013, Minette is the first part of Melanie Clegg’s two-part series of historical fiction books about Henrietta Anne, youngest daughter of King Charles I of England...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 19 Nov 2017

Daen on Van Horn’s The Power of Objects

Laurel Daen recently reviewed Jennifer Van Horn’s The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America for H-Net. Here’s an interesting extract from that review:Van Horn uses portraits...
From Boston 1775 on 4 Oct 2017

Imagining Shakespeare’s Original Audience, 1660-2000: Book Review

The latest volume of Shakespeare Studies, 45 (2017), includes my review of Bettina Boecker’s monograph: Imagining Shakespeare’s Original Audience, 1660-2000: Groundlings, Gallants, Grocers...
From Dr Johann Gregory on 21 Dec 2017

Portrait of a Juntoist in Motion

Today at The Junto, Rachel Herrmann reflects on her changing role as a Juntoist since 2012
From The Junto on 13 Dec 2017

Juggling information

One of the parlour games played by intellectuals and academic, as well as those who like to think of themselves as such, is which famous historical figures would you invite to a cocktail or dinner party...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 22 Nov 2017

Receiving A Cold Welcome

A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America by Sam White looks at early American history outside my usual timeframe. I picked it up looking for answers to a question...
From Boston 1775 on 28 Dec 2017

A Checklist of Carrier Verses

It’s a Boston 1775 tradition at the turn of each year to share at least one carrier verse or address.Back in eighteenth-century America, apprentice printers would make those flyers and distribute...
From Boston 1775 on 31 Dec 2017

Men of Mathematics

This is something that I wrote this morning as a response on the History of Astronomy mailing list; having written it I have decided to cross post it here. John Briggs is the second person in two...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 1 Nov 2017

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: a review

Have you ever wanted to dress like a gorgeous Georgian? Well, now help is at hand in the form of the The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking by Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox. It is released...
From All Things Georgian on 12 Dec 2017

Book Review: “The Wilding” by Maria McCann

The Wilding by Maria McCann is a novel (originally published in 2010) set during the early 1670s (with some events having previously occurred during the English Civil Wars). Jonathan Dymond, the twenty-six-year-old protagonist...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 16 Jan 2018

EMA Book Reviews: January 2018

The latest EMA list of open-access book reviews (for January 2018) is available here and under “Research.”
From Early Modern Architecture on 6 Jan 2018

Article & Book Review (Both on the Peruvian Bark!) in JHMAS, Oct 2016

The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 71/4 (2016): Wouter Klein & Toine Pieters, “The Hidden History of a Famous Drug: Tracing the Medical and Public Acculturation of Peruvian...
From EM Spanish History Notes on 4 Jan 2018

Book Review: “Nathaniel’s Nutmeg” by Giles Milton

In the present day, most of us can easily find spices such as nutmeg, mace, and much more at our local supermarkets. It certainly wasn’t always that easy to obtain such exotic spices – and,...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 29 Oct 2017

The Great Man paradox – A coda: biographies

This is a follow up to my last post that was inspired by an interesting discussion on Twitter and by the comment on that post by Paul Engle, author of the excellent Conciatore: The Life and Times of 17th...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 14 Sep 2017

Colonial Comics “make history come alive in a potent time”

For the School Library Journal website, Johanna Draper Carlson reviewed the second volume of Colonial Comics: New England, focusing on the years 1750 to 1775. Carlson wrote:This anthology of 18 historical...
From Boston 1775 on 9 Feb 2018

A Wee Budding Janeite Learns to Read

Jennifer Adams My Little Cities Books by Chronicle Books
From Jane Austen's World on 23 Oct 2017

Book Review: “Maids, Wives, Widows” by Sara Read

Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women’s Lives, 1540-1740 by Sara Read is a book I’d been wanting to read since it was originally published in 2015 by Pen & Sword. I became...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 30 Jan 2018

Review: LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

If, as Audrey Hepburn reminds us, "Paris is always a good idea," then Paris at Christmas is an even better one! Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take full advantage of the possibilities in LAST CHRISTMAS...
From Writing the Renaissance on 3 Oct 2017

Book Reviews from the Royal Society

Book reviews are a staple of many academic journals. They are a way to learn about new books in the field and to see what your fellow scholars think of them. And they’ve been around for a really...
From The Collation on 18 Jan 2018

Guest Post: Review of Farrelly, Anti-Catholicism in America, 1620-186

Today’s guest poster, William S. Cossen, is an Atlanta-based historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, specializing in the intersection of religion and nationalism. He...
From The Junto on 23 Jan 2018

Review: Coll Thrush, Indigenous London

Sara Georgini reviews Coll Thrush's recent book, "Indigenous London."
From The Junto on 16 Sep 2017

A Presidential Plodder

Plodding Through the Presidents is Howard Dorre’s ongoing blog about reading Presidential biographies, starting with Flexner’s Washington: The Indispensable Man and getting as far as, well,...
From Boston 1775 on 9 Nov 2017

The Legendary Words of Penelope Barker

Several recent books and websites quote Penelope Barker (shown here, courtesy of the Edenton Historical Commission), reputed organizer of the “Edenton Tea Party,” as making this statement about...
From Boston 1775 on 8 Dec 2017

Shorto on Revolution Song in Boston, 30 Nov.

Back in 2009, Ray Raphael contributed a “guest blogger” posting here about his book Founders, which traces the history of the Revolution through seven individuals.Ray wrote: “One of the...
From Boston 1775 on 26 Nov 2017

Book Review: “To Catch A King: Charles II’s Great Escape” by Charles Spencer

With To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape, out on the 5th October 2017, Charles Spencer has done it again. As the author of some fantastic books about seventeenth-century Britain, such as my...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 4 Oct 2017

Book Review: The White King – Charles I by Leanda de Lisle

The White King, Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle certainly has quite a provocative title. Charles I remains a very polarising figure, in much the same manner as his contemporary,...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 30 Sep 2017

Book Review: Max Mueller, “Race and the Making of the Mormon People”

Modern Mormonism is known for being a predominantly white religion—at least in America. But a new book by religious studies scholar Max Mueller argues that the LDS faith has a complex and evolving...
From The Junto on 26 Sep 2017