Tag Archives: 17th century

A gamble that paid off

A Gambling Man by Jenny Uglow My rating: 5 of 5 stars Charles II is, in many ways, both too easy and too difficult a subject for a biography. He is one of those great defining characters of the British … Continue reading

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A poignant, thought-provoking study of religious warfare

Magdeburg by Heather Richardson My rating: 5 of 5 stars To far too many English readers, the Thirty Years’ War is a hazy shadow in the middle distance of history. We are aware of its presence but it has no … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale for multitaskers and workaholics everywhere

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London by Lisa Jardine My rating: 4 of 5 stars Professor Jardine does it again. She had a tougher task than with her equally scholarly biography of Wren (On a … Continue reading

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Engrossing science let down by poor history

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick My rating: 3 of 5 stars The year 1660 was a turning point in British political, cultural and intellectual life. The restoration … Continue reading

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