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History and Polemics in the French Reformation: Florimond de Raemond - Defender of the Church Hardcover – 1 Jan 1992
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These simple details the reader is led to infer from Tinsley's book, which is badly organised and edited. A characteristic passage is the end of chapter 1 -- which describes Raemond's life in brief -- when his death is mentioned, without any mention of the *date*. The reader must scrabble around to find this minor detail (!) elsewhere. This sort of thing -- allusiveness to the raw facts -- happens throughout the book and makes it weary reading. For this the publisher must take the blame. Had the book been handed to any normal person to read, they would have highlighted the organisational problem at once. No doubt Dr. Tinsley had simply spent too much time with Raemond to remember that the rest of us needed a clearer picture of the data: but publishers should catch this.
This greatly mars the book, since the raw facts are what we read it for. There is much interesting information in the work, and Raemond is treated sympathetically. Tinsely wisely resists the urge to pillory the man for the faults of his age, and writes to encourage interest and understanding. I noted only one passage which made me wary of possible political correctness, which is very welcome in a modern US academic publication. In general, the work can be read by normal people without feeling insulted or lectured. The presence of a useful portrait of Raemond is very welcome.
This could have been so much better a book. Perhaps if Dr. Tinsley does a second edition, it could yet be.