English translation is no easy task. But Martyn (known first of all as an editor and translator of classical poetry) has succeeded in making this vast corpus of letters as accessible and as engaging as they were to medieval readers. Gregory's prose style would have a huge impact on the Latin West, comparable only to that of Cicero in the renaissance. For that reason alone, this three volume collection of his letters deserves to become a core element of any collection of medieval classics. Constant J. Mews Monash University McTavish, Lianne, Childbirth and the Display of Authority in Early Modern France (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World), London, Ashgate, 2005; hardback; pp. 272; 29 b/w illustrations; R.R.P. US$89.95, £55.00; ISBN 0754636194. Originally in its approach, this work is both interdisciplinary and revisionary as it analyses midwifery treatises from historical and theoretical perspectives, moving the texts into the realm of the visual. The Introduction can, at times, seem forceful as the author makes a reasoned case for presenting the subject within the context of visual culture. The exploration which ensues however, is interesting, highly readable and challenging. The work is situated within the visual culture of history
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Jan 10, 2006
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