Tag Archives: Bernard Bailyn

The Mysterious Case Of The Second-Best Bed

Over the past few centuries, a great deal of light and heat has been generated over a statement made by Shakespeare concerning the bequeathing of the second-best bed in their Stratford-upon-Avon home to his widow Anne Hathaway Shakespeare:  “Item, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Debate On The Constitution: Part Two

The Debate On The Constitution:  Part Two:  Federalist And Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, And Letters During The Struggle Over Ratification, edited by Bernard Bailyn Reading a book like this is the sort of pleasure one knows one is likely going to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ordeal Of Thomas Hutchinson

The Ordeal Of Thomas Hutchinson, by Bernard Bailyn This book won the National Book Award in history, and it is easy to understand why.  Of course, it should be stated at the outset that I am a fan of Bailyn’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Apologia Of Robert Keayne

The Apologia Of Robert Keayne:  The Self-Portrait Of A Puritan Merchant, edited by Bernard Bailyn One finds Nathanish people in the strangest places.  This particular short book is the very long will one of one Puritan minister named Robert Keayne, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Origins Of American Politics

The Origins Of American Politics, by Bernard Bailyn As someone familiar with the author’s work [1], I must say I enjoyed this book and had a good idea of what to expect from it given that familiarity.  One of Bailyn’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Barbarous Years

The Barbarous Years:  The Peopling Of British North America:  The Conflict Of Civilizations, 1600-1675, by Bernard Bailyn This is not a book to be devoured in my usual fashion.  It is a book that requires a fair bit of time … Continue reading

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