This A-Z reference covers over 1000 major personalities who lived during some of the most eventful years in European history. In biographical entries of up to 300+ words, "Who's Who in Europe, 1450-1750" spans an era which saw the Renaissance and baroque periods in art, the Reformation and ensuing bloody wars of religion, the first great scientific and medical discoveries, and much more.
Readers will quickly locate information on people like: English playwright and reputed spy Aphra Behn; astronomer Tycho Brahe; Elizabeth of Bohemia, the "Winter Queen"; Gabrielle d'Estrees, mistress of King Henri IV;Martin Luther; Martin Luther; Cardinal Richelieu; Ivan the Terrible; notorious Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada; Vermeer; and a crowd of other fascinating people. Highly readable, yet supported by impeccable scholarship, this reference will be invaluable for students, and a pleasure for anyone interested in the history of early modern Europe.
"This work is intended to serve as a ready-reference for those searching for information on notable Europeans of the early modern age, 1450 to 1750. The author thoroughly explains his criteria for inclusion in this biography as well as gives an explanation of how names are presented in the volume. The entries are well written and will be easily understood by the intended audience. This work is relatively inexpensive for a reference book of this caliber. It would be a worthwhile purchase in academic libraries."-"ARBA 2000 ." . .worthwhile purchase in academic libraries."-"ARBA ." . . a pleasure for anyone interested in the history of early modern Europe."-"Librarian's Quarterly "A welcome addition to the available sources, recommended for all libraries."-"Choice "The writing is uniformly objective, interesting, and lucid . . .."-"Booklist