Mercurius rising

September 26, 2010 § 3 Comments

Two cheers for Nick Poyntz! First, Paul Lay, editor of History Today, gave Nick’s blog, Mercurius Politicus, a sparkling (and dead-on) review in the June 2010 issue, noting its “hugely addictive” quality for “anyone interested in the publishing revolution that accompanied the remarkable war of ideas” in mid-17th-century England. “Erudite, original and dryly humorous,” wrote Lay, “Mercurius Politicus should be among every historian’s ‘Favourites’.”

A second cheer for Nick’s relatively new gig as a regular contributor to History Today. His column, Digital History, considers how technology is revolutionizing who does history and how they do it.

History Today is pretty addictive itself. It’s less well known in the United States than in the United Kingdom, where it’s published, no doubt  because the history in HT is more often than not British history. Though its articles span the ages, the early modern era gets a particularly good shake. You may not be able to find a copy at your local Barnes and Noble and a personal subscription is pricey for US readers (about $95 per year), but most college and university libraries have print subscriptions.

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