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Peiresc's Europe: Learning and Virtue in the Seventeenth Century Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0300082524 ISBN-10: 0300082525 Edition: y First edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; y First edition edition (October 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300082525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300082524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deeply erudite . . . tells us something about the value of learning in an earlier age." -- Tamara Griggs, American Scholar

"Marvelous in its erudition, its intelligence, and its talent. . . . a masterpiece." -- Marc Fumaroli, The New Republic

"Miller's deeply erudite work…resurrect[s] Peiresc, and along with him an entire culture." -- Tamara Griggs, American Scholar

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Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (15801637) was, during his lifetime, one of Europe's most famous men. A friend of Pope Urban VIII and Galileo, of Peter-Paul Rubens and Hugo Grotius, of Tommaso Campanella and Marin Mersenne, Peiresc played an important role in the intellectual culture of his time. This book is the first study in English of this extraordinary man, as well as a vivid portrait of his whole circle. Looking through the lens of Peiresc's life, Peter N. Miller brings into focus the early-seventeenth- century world of learning-its people, places, and ideas. Drawing on the extensive Peiresc archive (more than 100,000 pieces of paper), Miller brilliantly evokes the lives of antiquaries, philosophers, theologians, and politicians of Peiresc's day, only some of whom remain known today. He explores the age in which Peiresc's toleration and sociability, his political action and cosmopolitanism, and his serious scholarship without dogmatism were identified as a set of virtues and practices by which to live. Peiresc's notion of scholarship as a moral exercise, the sweep of his interests, and the cross- Continental reach of his intellectual life show with new clarity what it meant to be a man of learning during the decades around 1600.

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