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Recent Book Reviews

Book reviews from the last 6 months.

The Electric Showman

The are some figures in #histSTM, who, through some sort of metamorphosis, acquire the status of cult gurus, who were somehow super human and if only they had been properly acknowledged in their own times...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 29 Apr 2020

3 into 2 does go!

It would of course be totally unethical for me to review a book of which I am one of the authors. However, as my contribution is only six of two-hundred pages, of which three are illustrations, and the...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 25 Mar 2020

Online Events and Videos While We Stay Home

With the pandemic, almost every historical site, museum, and society that hosted events has now pivoted to organizing and promoting online events. Sometimes that means an interview with a historian or...
From Boston 1775 on 3 May 2020

Charles Royster and the Rage Militaire

The historian Charles Royster died in early February. He was the author of Light-Horse Harry Lee and the Legacy of the American Revolution (1981), The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story...
From Boston 1775 on 2 Jun 2020

The Lost Queen by Anne Stott

No one expected royal marriages to be happy, least of all George, Prince of Wales, who was already illegally married to his mistress Maria Fitzherbert. He only agreed to marry his first cousin because...
From Naomi Clifford on 4 Mar 2020

Review: Kacy Tillman, Stripped and Script

Emily Yankowitz reviews Kacy Tillman's Stripped and Script: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution.
From The Junto on 5 Mar 2020

Review of Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney by Jessica A. Volz

Inquiring readers, My apologies to author Jessica Volz–who contacted me weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown about her book–for posting this review several months late. She has been so patient...
From Jane Austen's World on 21 May 2020

Review: THE GIANT by Laura Morelli

One of the greatest challenges in writing a historical novel about a figure as colossal as Michelangelo is finding the proper angle from which to view him, a perspective that will provide a dramatic narrative...
From Writing the Renaissance on 30 Jun 2020

Mathematics at the Meridian

Historically Greenwich was a village, home to a royal place from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, that lay to the southeast of the city of London on the banks of the river Thames, about...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 30 Jan 2020

We just don’t know!

Matthew Cobb is one of those people that you can’t help but admire but also secretly hate just a little bit for being so awesome. He is professor for zoology at the University of Manchester with...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 24 Jun 2020

Book Review: Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott

'Royal Harlot' by Susan Holloway Scott takes us into the world of Barbara Villiers and her passionate life and great affair with King Charles II.
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 13 Mar 2020

Another Negative Review

For those, who don’t always read the comments, Renaissance Mathematicus friend and sometime guest blogger, Chris Graney, who is also a leading expert on the arguments pro and contra heliocentricity...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 7 Jun 2020

Becoming Most Wanted

This month brings a new picture book about Samuel Adams and John Hancock: Most Wanted, written by Sarah Jane Marsh and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham.That same team previously created Thomas Paine and...
From Boston 1775 on 2 Apr 2020

Arming America: How “the Controversy Arose”

As I described yesterday, in 2002 Emory University asked three outside scholars to investigate charges of “failures of scholarly care and integrity” against Michael Bellesiles, author of Arming...
From Boston 1775 on 24 May 2020

Book Review: ‘Killing Beauties’ by Pete Langman

KILLING BEAUTIES is a gripping historical fiction novel set during the Protectorate of the 1650s and focuses on the underworld of espionage through the actions of the main character, Susan Hyde. Susan,...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 13 Jan 2020

Galileo sources: a starter kit

Following my last post, numerous people have asked me for book recommendations on Galileo and his opponents. What follows is a list of books that I have and have consulted to create my Galileo. I should...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 30 May 2020

Book Review by Emily K. Michael: Sherwood Smith’s Danse de la Folie

Lovers of Austen novels will find much delight in Sherwood Smith’s Danse de la Folie. With more wit than romance, this novel introduces two couples, mapping their relationships onto the quadrille....
From Jane Austen's World on 6 Jun 2020

Arming America Twenty Years On

As my Sestercentennial postings from last fall recounted, the last part of the year 1769 in Boston was punctuated with gunfire:a shot from a British soldier’s musket during the Neck Riot.two pistol...
From Boston 1775 on 23 May 2020

The Jane Austen Society: An Interview with Natalie Jenner By Rachel Dodge

It is my pleasure to introduce to you author Natalie Jenner and her debut novel, The Jane Austen Society. Let’s begin with a description of the novel to whet your literary appetites: One hundred...
From Jane Austen's World on 25 May 2020

Q&A: Brooke N. Newman, author of A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica

Q&A with Brooke Newman on her book, A Dark Inheritance: Blood, race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica.
From The Junto on 16 Mar 2020

An Interview with Soniah Kamal, Author of Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan by Brenda S. Co

Inquiring readers, Soniah Kamal has written a fascinating version of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan, Unmarriageable. The book has become very popular in a wide variety of circles, and, almost a year...
From Jane Austen's World on 5 Feb 2020

Book Review: Trailblazing Georgians: The Unsung Men Who Helped Shape the Modern World

It’s a strange thing, writing a book. You come up with an idea; you run it past the publisher – perhaps coming up with a working title. You submit a synopsis with chapters which may or may...
From Georgian Gentleman on 30 Apr 2020

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner: A Review by Vic Sanborn and an Audio Book Giveaway

Last summer I received an uncorrected manuscript of The Jane Austen Society to read with a request for feedback and any thoughts I had before a final printing. (I assume many other readers also received...
From Jane Austen's World on 14 Jun 2020

Book Review: ‘The Tragic Daughters of Charles I’ by Sarah-Beth Watkins

Far more has been written about the sons of King Charles I and his queen, Henrietta Maria, than about the daughters who were born of the couple—perhaps understandably, since both Charles and James...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 30 May 2020

My name is Bond, Jamie Bond.

Today we have a first at the Renaissance Mathematicus, a book review of two interrelated books that have nothing, or at least very little, to do with the histories of science and mathematics. They, however,...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 26 Feb 2020