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Dark Brilliance

The Age of Reason from Descartes to Peter the Great

Paul Strathern

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23 April 2024
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Between the end of the Renaissance and the start of the Enlightenment, Europe lived through an era known as the Age of Reason. This was a period which saw advances in areas such as art, science, philosophy, political theory and economics. However, all this was achieved against a background of extreme turbulence in the form of internal conflicts and international wars. While the 'land of liberty' was beginning to import slaves from Africa.

Focusing on key characters from the seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries, including Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Newton, Descartes, Spinoza, Louis XIV and Charles I, Dark Brilliance is a fascinating and wide-ranging history that explores the human costs of imposing progress and modernity.

Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export/Airside
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 151mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   533g
ISBN:   9781838958565
ISBN 10:   1838958568
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Strathern studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a Somerset Maugham Award-winning novelist; author of two series of books - Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists who Changed the World; and several works of non-fiction, including The Borgias, The Florentines and The Other Renaissance.

Reviews for Dark Brilliance: The Age of Reason from Descartes to Peter the Great

Strathern's canvas is immense, yet the picture he paints is never less than pellucid, and packed with lively detail and fascinating facts -- John Banville * Wall Street Journal on The Other Renaissance * Strathern has a good eye for striking details and arresting anecdotes * Literary Review on The Other Renaissance * Strathern combines diligent research with an exemplary narrative verve and keeps the pages turning * Financial Times on Death in Florence * Strathern has done his research thoroughly, and tells a good story well * Sunday Telegraph on The Medici * This is popular history at its narrative best - rich in colour, character and consequence * The Times on The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior * He [Strathern] is adroit in bringing together his personalities and wider currents and illuminates them with vivid detail. * New Statesman *

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