Things Noted Here & There
American Historical Association convention reports: AHA Today, Chicago Tribune, CHE, HistoriansTV, HNN, IHE, Legal History, NYT, Points, U.S. Intellectual History, WGN Radio 720, Digital History Project, ThatCamp, Baltimoreandme, GeneologyDr, Nick Cox, Monty Dobson, John Fea, Jason Heppler, Clair Potter, Jonathan Rees, Rick Shenkman, Kate Theimer, and Jonathan Yeager.
Filip Šenk reviews Hans Belting's Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science (trans. by Deborah Lucas Schneider) for the Prague Post, 30 November. John Lichfield, "The 600-year struggle for the soul of Joan of Arc," Independent, 5 January, is historiography in a broad, public sense. Sam Kean, "Copernicus's Last Act," NYT, 6 January, reviews Dava Sobel's A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.
Jennifer Howard, "All They That Labored," CHE, 30 December, reviews "Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible," an exhibit co-sponsored by Oxford's Bodleian Library and Washington, DC's Folger Shakespeare Library, and Helen Moore and Julian Reid, eds., Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible. The exhibit has its own blog, Manifold Greatness. Currently at the Folger, the exhibit will travel to the Ransom Center at the University of Texas.
Rosemary Hill, "As God Intended," LRB, 5 January, reviews Jane Brown's The Omnipotent Magician: Lancelot ‘Capability' Brown, 1716-83.
Howard Jacobson, "Charles Dickens has been ruined by the BBC," Guardian, 6 January, argues that popularizations of Dickens have done him ill. Christopher Hitchens, "Charles Dickens's Inner Child," Vanity Fair, February, (Hitchens's last published essay) pays tribute to Dickens's "respect for childhood" and "willingness to atone for his mistakes."