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"An absolutely brilliant, seminal, forefront work. Neil Kamil combines the deepest kind of erudition with a one-in-a-thousand level of sheer intellectual creativity. Most striking is the disciplinary range of this work: material culture analysis, demography, genealogy, geography, textual exegesis, ethnography, as well as more conventional forms of political, military, religious, and economic history. All are here in various contexts and proportions. Kamil's overall touch is so sure and deft that the reader is barely aware of these numerous methodological crossings. His prose is remarkably effective as well. Even where the ideas are complex and difficult, the words are simple, direct, and forceful."

"Well-researched tome that is 'the story of a subterranean culture on the move, its membership fragmented by chronic warfare, exclusion, and political instability and actively in search of new modes of security.'"

"Imaginative and innovative treatment of the French Reformation."

"This lavish volume presents a wide-ranging and complex reading of its rather amorphous subject."

"Fortress of the Soul demands deep respect from its readers... quite evidently the product of decades of scholarly labor."

"Ambitious in its goals, complex in its interpretation and methodology, and groundbreaking in its approach."

"Fortress of the Soul... opens up prospects for new directions in early American scholarship."

"Throughout, the Fortress of the Soul displays considerable erudition and substantial energy."

"It is clear that this study will be a landmark study, a monument in the intellectual and material history of the early modern Atlantic world."

"Kamil's innovative historical monograph richly deserves to be described as interdisciplinary."

"A monumental work on a number of levels."

"A brilliant, controversial book, full of fireworks, some real Huguenot rockets, and some metaphysical damp squibs."

Fortress of the Soul
Violence, Metaphysics, and Material Life in the Huguenots' New World, 1517-1751
Publication Date: 11 Feb 2005
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 7" x 10"
Page Count: 1088 pages
Illustrations: 178 halftones, 12 line drawings
ISBN: 9780801873904