Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture

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In Temptation in the Archives, Lisa Jardine takes readers on a journey through the Dutch Golden Age. This collection of essays and lectures, previously unpublished in English, explores the fascinating cultural exchange that took place between the English and Dutch in the seventeenth century. Through a range of primary sources the reader is given a rare and intimate glimpse of the key players of the new Dutch ruling elite. Most notably, through the study of Sir Constantjin Huygens, a Dutch polymath and diplomat, and his family including the brilliant scientist Christiaan Huygens we begin to see the Anglo-Dutch cultural connections that formed against the backdrop of unfolding political events in England. Lisa Jardine compares the public andprivate lives of these eminent figures, and challenges us to look beyond the surface with a critical eye. The duality of archival research is also revealed; the excitement at the link it provides to the distant past but also the underlying uncertainty at its heart. Temptation in the Archives paints a picture of a unique relationship between the Netherlands and England in the seventeenth century forged through a shared experience and reveals to us the lessons we can learn from it today.

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In these sparkling essays, Lisa Jardine uses letters, diaries, ship's logs and other archival papers to enrich the story of Dutch-English exchange in the seventeenth century. We get new light on Constantin Huyghens both as crafty ladies man and as creative cultural go-between, and on the collaboration of his son Christaan Huygens with English men of science. Women hold their own as saucy and ironic letter-writers, while a prominent woman archivist of the nineteenth century acts surreptitiously to safeguard their reputation. A moving essay on the legacy of Johann Huizinga culminates Lisa Jardine s tribute to the delights of the scholarly enterprise. A wonderful read. --Natalie Zemon Davis

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