Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (review)

Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (review) for those starting out as readers of Jonson, Donne, Marvell and Milton or the Renaissance B o o k of C o m m o n Prayer. Yet there does not seem to be anything original in the authors' claims or readings. Connecting their annotations with their o w n claims, it is difficult to see places where the book advances debates beyond the other authors they cite. The book does not include any n e w archival research, nor does itframeoriginal readings of the chosen authors. Their next Shakespeare book m a y of course depart from this: i seems more likely that, as here, it will simply confirm the authors in the t power of their governing tropes rather than showing us a n e w Shakespeare. Likewise in the present book, I had no sense of having to reconsider Renaissance writers from a n e w perspective. Moreover, the authors frequently seek to bury their case by writing with excessive obscurity, which rather than making their arguments more complex simply makes them more difficult to discern. Thus some will find Age of Iron a useful book, but given the decline of both the Australian and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Parergon Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

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for those starting out as readers of Jonson, Donne, Marvell and Milton or the Renaissance B o o k of C o m m o n Prayer. Yet there does not seem to be anything original in the authors' claims or readings. Connecting their annotations with their o w n claims, it is difficult to see places where the book advances debates beyond the other authors they cite. The book does not include any n e w archival research, nor does itframeoriginal readings of the chosen authors. Their next Shakespeare book m a y of course depart from this: i seems more likely that, as here, it will simply confirm the authors in the t power of their governing tropes rather than showing us a n e w Shakespeare. Likewise in the present book, I had no sense of having to reconsider Renaissance writers from a n e w perspective. Moreover, the authors frequently seek to bury their case by writing with excessive obscurity, which rather than making their arguments more complex simply makes them more difficult to discern. Thus some will find Age of Iron a useful book, but given the decline of both the Australian and

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ParergonAustralian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

Published: Apr 3, 2001

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