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Book and Media Reviews
February 13, 2008

The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution

JAMA. 2008;299(6):703. doi:10.1001/jama.299.6.703

Based on formidable research in hitherto unexplored byways of the libraries and archives of London and elsewhere, this book provides a fascinatingly rich panorama of the many students of the natural world at work in Elizabethan London. The author presents a vivid portrait of largely unknown persons, together with an account of the variety of their studies, their motivations, and their work. The result is not just impressive from the point of view of its scholarly achievement but also because it offers such a wealth of detail about generally overlooked aspects of intellectual endeavor in early modern urban life.