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Studies from Court and Cloister: being essays, historical and literary dealing mainly with subjects relating to the XVIth and XVIIth centuries   By: (1853-1908)

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In "Studies from Court and Cloister: being essays, historical and literary dealing mainly with subjects relating to the XVIth and XVIIth centuries" by J. M. Stone, readers are transported back in time to the intriguing world of the 16th and 17th centuries. This collection of essays offers a captivating exploration of various historical and literary subjects, delving deep into the lives and events that shaped this pivotal era.

One of the standout aspects of this book is the author's meticulous research. Jean Mary Stone demonstrates an impressive command over the historical details, bringing them to life for readers with vivid descriptions and engaging storytelling. Whether it be the court intrigues or the monastic life in the cloisters, Stone's ability to transport readers to these different worlds is truly commendable.

The essays are presented in a well-organized manner, allowing readers to easily navigate through the book and choose topics of particular interest. Each essay is self-contained, which makes it convenient for readers to pick up the book and dive into a specific subject without feeling overwhelmed by a continuous narrative.

Stone's writing style is both concise and informative, providing readers with a wealth of knowledge while maintaining an engaging tone. The author seamlessly combines historical facts with literary analysis, offering a comprehensive understanding of the time period. Furthermore, Stone skillfully incorporates primary sources and references, further enhancing the credibility of the essays.

While the book primarily focuses on the court and cloister, it also touches upon other prominent cultural and historical aspects of the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, such as art, literature, and social structure. This comprehensive approach ensures that readers gain a holistic understanding of the era and its multifaceted nature.

One minor drawback of this collection is that some essays may feel more scholarly or specialized, which could deter casual readers seeking a lighter read. However, for those with a genuine interest in history and literature, this should not overshadow the overall value inherent in the book.

Overall, "Studies from Court and Cloister" is a remarkable compilation of essays that offers a refreshing look into the XVIth and XVIIth centuries. Jean Mary Stone's passion for the subject matter shines through in her well-researched and well-written essays. This book is an essential addition to the library of any history enthusiast, providing valuable insights into a captivating era of human history.

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Etext prepared by Dianne Bean, Prescott Valley, Arizona.

STUDIES FROM COURT AND CLOISTER BEING ESSAYS, HISTORICAL AND LITERARY, DEALING MAINLY WITH SUBJECTS RELATING TO THE XVITH AND XVIITH CENTURIES

BY J. M. STONE

AUTHOR OF "MARY THE FIRST, QUEEN OF ENGLAND," "REFORMATION AND RENAISSANCE," ETC.

LONDON AND EDINBURGH SANDS AND COMPANY ST LOUIS, MO. B. HERDER, 17 SOUTH BROADWAY 1908

PREFACE

These studies on various crucial points connected with the history of religion in Europe at the close of the Middle Ages, its decline, revival, and the causes which led to both, have already appeared in print as regards their general outline, although they have for the most part been rewritten, added to, and in each case subjected to a careful revision.

Three of them were originally published in the Dublin Review, four in the Scottish Review, two in Blackwood's Magazine, and three in the Month. One was a contribution to the American Catholic Quarterly Review. By the courtesy of the respective editors of these publications I am enabled to gather them together in this volume.

It will be seen at a glance that a certain cohesion, historical and chronological, exists in their present arrangement, especially with reference to Part I.

The two first studies concern Henry VIII. and his sister the Queen of Scots, the significance of their matrimonial affairs, and the relations which their policy created between England, Scotland, France, and the Empire... Continue reading book >>




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