Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture

Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture

By Lisa Jardine
Book Description

Temptation in the Archives is a collection of essays by Lisa Jardine, that takes readers on a journey through the Dutch Golden Age. Through the study of such key figures as Sir Constantjin Huygens, a Dutch polymath and diplomat, we begin to see the Anglo-Dutch cultural connections that formed during this period against the backdrop of unfolding political events in England. Temptation in the Archives paints a picture of a unique relationship between the Netherlands and England in the 17th century forged through a shared experience – and reveals the lessons we can learn from it today.

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Table of Contents
  • Front cover
  • Title page
  • Copyright
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents
  • Temptation in the Archives
  • 1688 And All That: Some Curious Consequences of ‘Going Dutch’
  • Never Trust a Pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks
  • The Reputation of Sir Constantijn Huygens: Networker or Virtuoso?
  • ‘Dear Song’: Scholarly Whitewashing of the Correspondence between Constantijn Huygens and Dorothea Van Dorp
  • The Afterlife of Homo Ludens: From Johan Huizinga to Natalie Zemon Davis and Beyond
  • Appendix I
  • Appendix II
  • Appendix III
  • Appendix IV
  • Appendix V
  • Index
  • Back cover
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