Peirescs mediterranean world peter n miller on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers antiquarian lawyer and cat lover nicolas fabri de peiresc 1580 1637 was a prince of the republic of letters and the most gifted french intellectual in the generation between montaigne and descartes from peirescs study in aix en provence. Peirescs mediterranean world reconstructs the web of connections that linked the bustling port city of marseille to destinations throughout the western mediterranean north africa the levant and beyond peter millers reanimation of peiresc the master of the mediterranean is the best kind of case study. An amazingly learned work and strikingly imaginative miller provides a brilliant conspectus of the mediterranean world of the early seventeenth century filtered through peirescs eyes and his unbelievable archive bernard bailyn peter n millers magical book conjures a lost world back into being a human world stretched across an ocean. Mining the remarkable 70000 page archive of this provenal human ist and polymath peter n miller recovers a lost mediterranean world of the early seventeenth century that was dominated by the sea the ceaseless activity of merchants customs officials and ships captains at the center of europes sprawling maritime networks. Exploring the historians craft today against the backdrop of peirescs diverse research activities peirescs mediterranean world suggests new possibilities for scholarship on the past but also for the relationship between the writing of history and its readers peter n miller is dean and professor at the bard graduate center
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