- David Wootton compares Keith Thomas’ The Ends of Life (2009; 26 years after his last major publication, Man and the Natural World) to an elaborate commonplace book in the TLS, and D.J. Taylor draws an analogy to George Eliot and Casaubon (The Independent). Graham Parry (The Guardian) is more generous in his review. See also a blog I only just discovered (so much happened while I was moving house…), Christopher Thompson’s Early Modern History.
- Whitney at Diapsalmata wrote a wonderful post on Pepys, the history of reading and techonologies of writing and took great photos in a library basement.
- Jonathan Jones went to the new exhibition “Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence” at London’s Courtauld Gallery and wonder if the idea of the Renaissance as one huge spending spree will survive the current economic crisis (The Guardian).