BOOK REVIEWS: EARLY MODERN EUROPE


  Ackroyd, Peter.  Rebellion: The History Of England From James I To The Glorious Revolution.  Thomas Dunne, 2014.

J. P. O'Malley, "'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century," NPR Books, October 24, 2014.

Blair Worden, "Rebellion Without A Cause: Peter Ackroyd's Curious Civil War," Spectator (September 2014).

Euan Ferguson, "Peter Ackroyd: 'I Just Want To Tell A Story,'" Guardian, August 25, 2011.


  Andress, David.  Terror: Civil War In The French Revolution.  New York: Abacus, 2006.

Adam Gopnik, "Headless Horseman: The Reign Of Terror Revisited," New Yorker (June 5, 2006).

David Gilmour, "Liberty, Equality, Fratricide," New York Times, May 7, 2006.

Paul R. Hanson, "Review Of David Andress, 'The Terror: The Merciless War For Freedom In Revolutionary France,'" H-France Review, 6 (2006).


  Blanning, Tim.  Pursuit Of Glory: Europe, 1648 To 1815.  London: Penguin, 2008.

John Steele Gordon, "Book Review: 'The Pursuit Of Glory,'" New York Times, July 5, 2007.

Keith Thomas, "Hell Optional, Heaven Postponed," Guardian, June 9, 2007.

Jane Stevenson, "Things Could Only Get Better," Telegraph, May 24, 2007.


  Braddick, Michael.  God's Fury, England's Fire: A New History Of The English Civil Wars.  New York: Penguin Global, 2009.

Keith Thomas, "The Man Who Would Be King," Guardian, March 8, 2008.


  Brook, Timothy.  Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century And The Dawn Of The Global World.  New York: Profile, 2009.

Xing Hang, "Review Of Timothy Brook, 'Vermeer's Hat,'" H-Soz-u-Kult (September 2009).

Lesley McDowell, "Review Of 'Vermeer's Hat,'  By Timothy Brook," Independent, August 22, 2009.

Kathryn Hughes, "Where Did You Get That Hat?," Guardian, August 2, 2008.

Peter Conrad, "A Time When Ever Picture Told A Story," Guardian, June 29, 2008.

Douglas Smith, "Review: 'Vermeer's Hat' Traces Global Economy," SF Gate, February 15, 2008.


  Burns, James MacGregor.  Fire And Light: How The Enlightenment Transformed Our World.  New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.

Robert Zaretsky, "Enlightenment: James MacGregor Burns's Version," Los Angeles Review Of Books (January 16, 2014).

"Fire And Light," Williams Magazine (Fall 2013).


  Clark, Christopher.  Iron Kingdom: The Rise And Downfall Of Prussia, 1600 To 1947.  London: Penguin UK, 2007.

Roland Spickermann, "End Of A Prussian 'Sonderweg?,'" H-German (June 2007).

William Grimes, "Finding More To Prussia Than The Pointy Helmets," New York Times, September 27, 2006.

Patrick Wright, "A Fistful Of Fredericks," Guardian, September 9, 2006.

Daniel Johnson, "Prussia: Wiped From The World," Telegraph, August 20, 2006.

Brendan Simms, "Review Of 'Iron Kingdom,' By Christopher Clark," Independent, August 17, 2006.


  Dolnick, Edward.  Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, And The Birth Of The Modern World.  New York: Harper Perennial, 2012.

Jordan Gandhi, "Book Review: 'The Clockwork Universe' By Edward Dolnick," Harvard Ichthus (May 8, 2015).

Ann Finkbeiner, "What Newton Gave Us," New York Times, March 25, 2011.

Alan Hirshfeld, "An Engine Of Perpetual Revolution," Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2011.

"Book Review: 'The Clockwork Universe,' By Edward Dolnick -- Isaac Newton And Friends Decode The World," Denver Post (February 10, 2011).

Lydia Pyne, "Review Of 'The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, And The Birth Of The Modern World,'" New York Journal Of Books.


  Frieda, Leonie.  Catherine De Medici: Renaissance Queen Of France.  New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.

Brooke Allen, "The White Queen?," New Criterion (February 2005).

Amanda Foreman, "Catherine The Great?," Observer, January 11, 2004.


  Greengrass, Mark.  Christendom Destroyed: Europe, 1517-1648.  London: Penguin UK, 2015.

Glenn Altschuler, "'Christendom Destroyed': European Upheaval In 16th And 17th Centuries," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 28, 2014.

Christopher Allman, "Review Of 'Christendom Destroyed: Europe, 1517-1648,'" Tablet (September 11, 2014).

"Religious Warring," Economist (August 2, 2014).


  Israel, Jonathan.  Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History Of The French Revolution From The Rights Of Man To Robespierre.  Princeton: Princeton, 2014.

Jeremy D. Popkin, "Review Of Jonathan Israel, 'Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History Of The French Revolution From The Rights Of Man To Robespierre,'" H-France Review, 15 (May 2015).

Lynn Hunt, "Louis XVI Wasn't Killed By Ideas," New Republic (June 27, 2014).

Caroline Warman, "Review Of 'Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History Of The French Revolution For The Rights Of Man To Robespierre,' By Jonathan Israel," Times Higher Education, April 10, 2014.

Duncan Kelly, "'Revolutionary Ideas,' By Jonathan Israel," Financial Times, March 14, 2014.


  King, Ross.  Brunelleschi's Dome: How A Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture.  New York: Penguin, 2001.

Stanislao G. Pugliese, "Review Of Ross King, 'Brunelleschi's Dome,'" H-Italy (April 2002).

Alida Becker, "Review Of 'Brunelleschi's Dome,' By Ross King," New York Times, February 18, 2001.

Nicholas Lezard, "Dome Alone," Guardian, January 27, 2001.


  King, Ross.  Machiavelli: Philosopher Of Power.  New York: Harper Perennial, 2009.

Robert Morris, "Ross King's Biography Of Machiavelli: A Book Review," San Francisco Examiner, October 17, 2010.

Bryony Lewicki, "Review Of 'Machiavelli: Philosopher Of Power' By Ross King," Quill And Quire.


  King, Ross.  Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling.  New York: Walker And Company, 2003.

Boyd Tonkin, "Review Of 'Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling,' By Ross King," Independent, November 26, 2002.

Michael McNay, "The Trouble With Plaster," Guardian, October 26, 2002.


  Lee, Alexander.  Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence And Depravity In An Age Of Beauty.  New York: Doubleday, 2014.

Jennifer Hunter, "The Ugly Side Of Renaissance Beauty," Toronto Star, December 19, 2014.

Joad Raymond, "Book Review -- 'The Ugly Renaissance,'" BBC History Extra (May 18, 2014).

"How To Avoid Bankers In Your Nativity Scene," Spectator (October 19, 2013).


  MacGregor, Neil.  Germany: Memories Of A Nation.  London: Penguin UK, 2016.

David Blackbourn, "'Germany: Memories Of A Nation' By Neil McGregor Review -- Bold, Fluent And Sharply Intelligent," Guardian, December 23, 2014.

"Germany At The British Museum: History Lessons," Economist (November 8, 2014).

Miranda Seymour, "'Germany: Memories Of A Nation' By Neil MacGregor, Review: 'A Highly Superior Guide,'" Telegraph, November 7, 2014.

Rebecca K. Morrison, "'Germany: The Memories Of A Nation,' By Neil MacGregor Book Review: Past Is Another Country," Independent, October 30, 2014.

Antonia Quirke, "Is This The Perfect Radio Series?: 'On Germany -- Memories Of A Nation,'" New Statesman (October 2, 2014).


  Massie, Robert K.  Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman.  New York: Random House, 2011.

Frances Wilson, "'Catherine The Great' By Robert K. Massie: Review," Telegraph, July 3, 2012.

Wendy Smith, "Book Review: An Engaging Portrait Of 'Catherine The Great,'" Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2011.

Bob Blaisdell, "Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman," Christian Science Monitor, November 23, 2011.

Kathy Lally, "Review Of 'Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman,' By Robert K. Massie," Washington Post, November 18, 2011.

Kathryn Harrison, "Empress Of All The Russias," New York Times, November 16, 2011.


  McPhee, Peter.  Liberty Or Death: The French Revolution.  New Haven: Yale, 2016.

Jonathan Wright, "Tackling The Thorny Questions Left By The French Revolution," Herald Scotland, June 17, 2016.


  Merridale, Catherine.  Red Fortress: History And Illusion In The Kremlin.  New York: Metropolitan, 2013.

George Mocharko, "Book Review: 'Red Fortress, History And Illusion In The Kremlin," Huffington Post, February 18, 2014.

Oliver Bullough, "'Red Fortress,' By Catherine Merridale: Book Review," Independent, December 6, 2013.

"Fortress Russia," Economist (November 23, 2013).

George Walden, "'Red Fortress' By Catherine Merridale, Review," Telegraph, October 24, 2013.

Catriona Kelly, "'Red Fortress' By Catherine Merridale -- Review," Guardian, October 18, 2013.


  Montefiore, Simon Sebag.  Romanovs: 1613-1918.  New York: Knopf, 2016.

Olga Grushin, "'The Romanovs: 1613-1918,' By Simon Sebag Montefiore," New York Times, May 16, 2016.

Peter Frankopan, "'The Romanovs' By Simon Sebag Monefiore, Review: 'Bursting With Blood, Sex And Tears,'" Telegraph, January 26, 2016.

John Kampfner, "'The Romanovs, 1613-1918,' By Simon Sebag Montefiore -- Review," Guardian, January 25, 2016.

Mary Dejevksy, "'The Romanovs 1613-1918' By Simon Sebag Montefiore, Book Review," Independent,  January 14, 2016.


  Mortimer, Ian.  Time Traveller's Guide To Elizabethan England.  New York: Vintage, 2013.

Thomas Penn, "'The Time Traveller's Guide To Elizabethan England' By Ian Mortimer -- Review," Guardian, March 23, 2012.

Rebecca Armstrong, "'The Time Traveller's Guide To Elizabethan England,' By Ian Mortimer," Independent, March 1, 2012.

Toby Clements, "'The Time Traveller's Guide To Elizabeth England' By Ian Mortimer: Review," Telegraph, February 28, 2012.


  Nicolson, Adam.  God's Secretaries: The Making Of The King James Bible.  New York: Perennial, 2005.

Christopher Hitchens, "Blessed Are The Phrasemakers," New York Times, May 18, 2003.


  Ozment, Steven.  Mighty Fortress: A New History Of The German People.  New York: Harper, 2004.

Steve Crawshaw, "Review Of 'A Mighty Fortress: A New History Of The German People,' By Steven Ozment," Independent, January 1, 2006.

Michael Hofmann, "Cracks In The Walls," Guardian, May 28, 2005.

Christopher Clark, "A God Complex," Telegraph, March 27, 2005.


  Porter, Roy.  Creation Of The Modern World: The Untold Story Of The British Enlightenment.  New York: W. W. Norton, 2000.

Nicholas Lezard, "The Tree Of Knowledge," Guardian, November 24, 2001.

T. H. Breen, "Enlighten Us," New York Times, December 24, 2000.

Philip Hensher, "The English Enlightenment: It's Not A Contradiction In Terms," Guardian, October 15, 2000.


  Porter, Roy.  Flesh In The Age Of Reason.  New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

Joel D. Howell, "Review Of 'Flesh In The Age Of Reason,' By Roy Porter," New England Journal Of Medicine (July 15, 2004).

Lisa Jardine, "Bodily Functions," Guardian, October 4, 2003.

Simon Schama, "Body And Soul Laid Bare," Guardian, September 27, 2003.


  Purkiss, Diane.  English Civil War: A People's History.  London: UK General Books, 2006.

"English Civil War: Heads You Win," Economist (July 20, 2006).

Marcus Nevitt, "A Good Kick In The Head For History," Telegraph, June 18, 2006.

Kathryn Hughes, "Roundabouts And Roundheads," Guardian, May 13, 2006.

Malcolm Gaskill, "Review Of 'The English Civil War: A People's History,' By Diane Purkiss," Independent, May 11, 2006.


  Repcheck, Jack.  Copernicus' Secret: How The Scientific Revolution Began.  New York: Simon And Schuster, 2007.

Eric Ormsby, "A Map Of The Heavens," New York Sun, December 26, 2007.

Marty Beckerman, "Copernicus The Surprise Genius," Discover (December 11, 2007).


  Robb, Peter.  M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio.  New York: Picador, 2001.

Stephen Moss, "Review Of 'M' By Peter Robb," Guardian, February 9, 2000.

David Garza, "Review Of 'M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio,'" Austin Chronicle, May 19, 2000.


  Schama, Simon.  Citizens: A Chronicle Of The French Revolution.  New York: Knopf, 1991.

Robert M. Maniquis, "A Revolutionary Romance With Violence," Los Angeles Times, August 22, 1999.


  Schama, Simon.  Embarrassment Of Riches: An Interpretation Of Dutch Culture In The Golden Age.  New York: Knopf, 1987.

Harold Beaver, "Healthy, Wealthy And Worried Too," New York Times, July 5, 1987.

Johan Pieter Snapper, "Review Of 'Embarrassment Of Riches: An Interpretation Of Dutch Culture In The Golden Age,'" Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1987.


  Sobel, Dava.  More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized The Cosmos.  New York: Bloomsbury US, 2011.

David Walton, "Book Review: 'A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized The Cosmos,' By Dava Sobel," Dallas Morning News, October 21, 2011.

Helen Brown, "'A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized The Cosmos,' By Dava Sobel: Review," Telegraph, October 11, 2011.

Julia Keller, "Heavenly Book By Former U. Of C. Writer-In-Residence," Chicago Tribune.


  Strathern, Paul.  Artist, The Philosopher And The Warrior: The Intersecting Lives Of Da Vinci, Machiavelli And Borgia And The World They Shaped.  New York: Bantam, 2009.

Steven Levingston, "Book Review: 'The Artist The Philosopher, And The Warrior,' By Paul Strathern," Washington Post, January 31, 2010.

Thomas Wright, "'The Artist, The Philosopher And The Warrior,' By Paul Strathern," Independent, March 28, 2009.

Sam Taylor, "Three Men In The Same Boat," Observer, March 15, 2009.

Anthony Holden, "'The Artist, The Philosopher And The Warrior: Leonardo, Machiavell, Borgia, A Fateful Collusion' By Paul Strathern -- Review," Telegraph, February 18, 2009.

Brenda Maddox, "'The Artist, The Philosopher And The Warrior,' By Paul Strathern," New Humanist (January 23, 2009).


  Strathern, Paul.  Death In Florence: The Medici, Savonarola And The Battle For The Soul Of A Renaissance City.  New York: Pegasus, 2015.

David Walton, "History Review: 'Death In Florence: The Medici, Savonarola And The Battle For The Soul Of A Renaissance City,' By Paul Strathern," Dallas Morning News, August 28, 2015.

Jonathan Keates, "Review Of 'Death In Florence: The Medici, Savonarola, And The Battle For The Soul Of A Renaissance City,'" History Today, 61 (October 2011): 58-59.

John Gray, "'Death In Florence: The Medici, Savonarola And The Battle For The Soul Of The Renaissance City,'" New Statesman (June 9, 2011).

Ian Thomson, "Death In Florence," Financial Times, May 16, 2011.


  Strathern, Paul.  Medici: Godfathers Of The Renaissance.  New York: Vintage, 2009.

Donald D. Breed, "Book Review: Influential Family's Reach Went Far Beyond Florence," Providence Journal, March 24, 2016.

John Gardner, "Paul Strathern: 'The Medici -- Godfathers Of The Renaissance,'" New Zealand Herald, December 18, 2003.

Jonathan Sumption, "Magnificent Despots," Telegraph, November 16, 2003.


  Tucker, Holly.  Blood Work: A Tale Of Medicine And Murder In The Scientific Revolution.  New York: W. W. Norton, 2012.

David B. Williams, "'Blood Work': A Bloody History Of The Discovery Of Transfusion," Seattle Times, April 2, 2011.

Fred Bortz, "Book Review: 'Blood Work: A Tale Of Medicine And Murder In The Scientific Revolution,' By Holly Tucker," Dallas Morning News, April 8, 2011.

"Bloody Victory," Economist (March 17, 2011).


  Wilson, Peter H.  Europe's Tragedy: A New History Of The Thirty Years War.  London: Penguin UK, 2010.

William Young, "Book Review Of 'The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy,'" International History (August 14, 2012).

Tim Blanning, "'Europe's Tragedy' By Peter H. Wilson: Review," Telegraph, August 2, 2009.

Ronald Asch, "'Europe's Tragedy: A History Of The Thirty Years War,'" Reviews In History (June 30, 2016).


  Woolrych, Austin.  Britain In Revolution: 1625-1660.  New York: Oxford, 2002.

Peter Gaunt, "'Britain In Revolution, 1625-1660,'" Reviews In History (June 30, 2016).

Stephen Roberts, "Review Of Austin Woolrych, 'Britain In Revolution, 1625-1660,'" H-Albion (January 2004).


  Wootton, David.  Invention Of Science: A New History Of The Scientific Revolution.  Allen Lane: 2015.

Tom Siegfried, "Historian Puts New Spin On Scientific Revolution," Science News (March 5, 2016).

Matthew Price, "'The Invention Of Science,' By David Wooton," Boston Globe, December 26, 2015.

Steven Poole, "A True Scientific Revolution: The Triumph Of Mathematicians Over Philosophers," New Statesman (December 10, 2015).

Lorraine Daston, "'The Invention Of Science: A New History Of The Scientific Revolution,' By David Wootton Review -- A Big Bang Moment," Guardian, November 28, 2015.

"Understanding The Universe," Economist (October 24, 2015).

Richard Joyner, "'The Invention Of Science: A New History Of The Scientific Revolution,' By David Wootton," Times Higher Education, September 10, 2015.


  Wright, Jonathan.  Jesuits: Missions, Myths And Histories.  New York: Harper Perennial, 2010.

Simon Callow, "The Spiritual SAS," Guardian, January 31, 2004.


 

 

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