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4.0 out of 5 stars The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schamer, 18 May 2012
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This is a very intensely researched academic book on the 17th century in Holland. It is a mine of information about just what made the Dutch what they were in the Golden Age. It covers all aspects of life in the Low Lands, history, religion, and the social and cultural context. He delves into art, business, gastromy, the penal system and the lives of children, amongst many others aspects of life in a country which had achieved success in regaining control over their own destinies.

It has an abundance of engravings, drawings and paintings which illustrate the people, places and customs of this fascinating period of Dutch history. It is very well annotated and has apendices.

For anyone interested in the history or art of the period it is an ideal book for enjoyable reading and reference.
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