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Ruling the universe

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November 2007, no. 296

Nature as Model: Salomon De Caus and early seventeenth century landscape design by Luke Morgan

University of Pennsylvania Press, US$55 hb, 306 pp

Ruling the universe

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November 2007, no. 296

In the early seventeenth century, the German princely territory of the Palatinate burst on to the centre of the European political stage. In August 1619 the Elector Palatine Frederick V – ruler of one of the most prosperous and culturally vibrant territories of the Holy Roman Empire, and a leader of Protestants throughout Europe – was elected king of Bohemia. This put him in opposition to the newly elected Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand II, an Austrian Hapsburg and leader of the Catholic forces, who had been deposed a year earlier by the same rebellious Bohemian estates which then elected Frederick. These events quickly fuelled what has come to be known as the Thirty Years War (1618–48), one of the most ferocious in Europe’s bloody history.

Charles Zika reviews 'Nature as Model' by Luke Morgan

Nature as Model: Salomon De Caus and early seventeenth century landscape design

by Luke Morgan

University of Pennsylvania Press, US$55 hb, 306 pp

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