By Barbara W. Tuchman
"Wise, witty, and lovely . . . a superb publication, in a very good ancient tradition." Commentary
The 14th century offers us again contradictory photographs: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a depressing time of ferocity and religious discomfort, an international plunged right into a chaos of warfare, worry and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing either the nice rhythms of historical past and the grain and texture of family lifestyles because it was once lived.
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Evelyn prefaced the Instructions with a dedication to Lord Clarendon, patron of the recently established Royal Society, in which he praised the Baconian principles of the new ‘philosophic assembly’. Though at first glance misdirected, Evelyn’s evocation of the Royal Society in a treatise on libraries was by no means inappropriate. Naud´e was an indefatigable supporter of the novatores in natural philosophy, and in the Instructions he repeatedly quoted Bacon in support of modern learning. Naud´e’s Baconianism is more than evident in Evelyn’s translation.
33 ‘Being (God knows) not only noe pretender to, much lesse Professor of, any of the learned Facultys, but on the contrary, a Person known to have pass’d the greater and more doable part of my life, in an uninttermitted Cours, or rather Tumult of Businesse, I have had very little Self-leisure to read’: Pepys to Arthur Charlett, 6 August 1694, in R. G. ), Letters and the second diary of Samuel Pepys (London, 1933), 243–6. 34 W. E. Houghton, ‘The English virtuoso in the seventeenth century’, Journal of the History of Ideas 3 (1942), 51–73, 190–219.
21 A. Cowley, A proposition for the advancement of experimental philosophy (London, 1661), 15, 23. 22 M. Hunter, John Aubrey and the realm of learning (London, 1975). 23 Printed in Wood and Hunter, ‘Towards Solomon’s House’, 228. 24 On Evelyn, see G. Keynes, John Evelyn: a study in bibliophily, 2nd edn (Oxford, 1968); M. Hunter, ‘John Evelyn in the 1650s: a virtuoso in quest of a role’, in M. Hunter, Science and the shape of orthodoxy: intellectual change in late seventeenth-century Britain (Woodbridge, 1995), 67–98; M.
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman