Temptation in the archives : essays in Dutch Golden Age culture

Jardine, Lisa, author

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  • Creator Lisa Jardine
  • Format Books
  • Publication London : UCL Press, 2015.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (277 pages)
  • ISBNs 9781910634073, 1910634077, 9781910634097, 1910634093
  • OCLC ocn910816119


  • 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.


  • Includes index.


  • Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; CHAPTER ONE: Temptation in the Archives; CHAPTER TWO: 1688 And All That: Some Curious Consequences of 'Going Dutch'; CHAPTER THREE: Never Trust a Pirate: Christiaan Huygens's Longitude Clocks; CHAPTER FOUR: The Reputation of Sir Constantijn Huygens: Networker or Virtuoso?; CHAPTER FIVE: 'Dear Song': Scholarly Whitewashing of the Correspondence between Constantijn Huygens and Dorothea Van Dorp; CHAPTER SIX: The Afterlife of Homo Ludens: From Johan Huizinga to Natalie Zemon Davis and Beyond; Appendices
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