Wayne Dawson

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The Emperor Charles V: The Growth and Destiny of a&hellip by Karl Brandi
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
No small wonder this biography was the result of a life times dedicated work; packed with scholarship and human understanding, Brandi reveals the imperial Hapsburg Emperor, Charles V, to have been more constant in his convictions than many another prominent monarch that stepped upon the fickle stage of the renaissance.

A brief perusal of his reign usually brings in all the negative verdicts: He failed to prevent the Protestant split from the Catholic Church; he failed to check Turkish advances into Europe; The sack of Rome in 1527 by imperial troops occured during his watch; he allowed the inquisition to carry on its work and endorsed the rebellious, barbaric behaviour of Cortez… Read more
The New Shostakovich by Ian MacDonald
The New Shostakovich by Ian MacDonald
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately, when dealing with Shostakovich, politics becomes inextricably bound up with the fact of his survival and the shape his career took by that very act of surviving. After the hot breath of official reprimand by Stalin no less, Shostakovich's sarcastic edge and spontaneity became blunted by an internalised self consciousness. The sarcasm was still there, but not on obvious display, it had been encoded, otherwise he would not have survived. The plea for less politicisation of music is a worthy one but with composers from the Soviet Union during the first half of the twentieth century, this is virtually impossible when narrating their achievements. Even a strenuously apolitical… Read more
The Eastern Schism: A Study of the Papacy and the &hellip by Steven Runciman
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"It is an article of faith that the followers of Christ should form one united body on earth."

"The usual definition of a schism is that it is the emergence of a separate faction within the church, whereas heresy is associated with false doctrine."

So begins this gracious book on the split between Eastern and Western Christendom that formed an accumulative dispute over the nature of the trinity throughout the eleventh and twelfth centuries and led to a contest for ultimate authority between the sees of Rome and Constantinople.

Runciman's erudition where theological matters are concerned gives us a greater perception and understanding into the respective mind… Read more