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Shorter notices

The Counter Reformation A. G. Dickens (Thames and Hudson 35s cloth. 21s paper). Professor A. G. Dickens has contributed a further admirable volume to the Thames and Hudson 'Library of European Civiliz- ation'. Some of the early chapters suffer a little from excess of names but the later ones bring into sharp relief the dominant crises in religion and culture, about which the author writes with such scholarly lucid- ity. The illustrations reach a particularly high order.