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Temptation in the Archives

Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture

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.

160 pages | 6 1/5 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

"1. Temptation in the Archives
2. 1688 And All That: Some Curious Consequences of ‘Going Dutch’
3. Never Trust a Pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks
4. The Reputation of Sir Constantijn Huygens: Networker or Virtuoso?
5. ‘Dear Song’: Scholarly Whitewashing of the Correspondence between Constantijn Huygens and Dorothea van Dorp
6. The Afterlife of Homo Ludens: From Johan Huizinga to Natalie Zemon Davis and Beyond"

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