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Acclaimed author and historian Noel Malcolm provides his sensational discovery of a brand new paintings via Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679): a propaganda pamphlet on behalf of the Habsburg part within the Thirty Years' battle, translated by way of Hobbes from a Latin unique. Malcolm's booklet explores a desirable episode in seventeenth-century historical past, illuminating either the perform of early glossy propaganda and the idea of "reason of state".

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Warres’, ‘Grisones’ (section 8), translated as ‘Grisons’, and ‘Allobrogibus’ (section 9), translated as ‘to . . ye . . Sauoyards’. It seems that, by this stage, the context had made the distinctions between these references much clearer, enabling him to go back to section 2 and make the correction; but he apparently forgot that the term ‘Allobrox’ had also occurred in section 3. The Translation: Authorship, Date, Style 23 corrections would seem hard to square with such a scenario: a translator who had got so many difficult things right would hardly have left, in his draft, the sort of simple errors that can arise only on a first glance at a phrase or sentence.

Illius scripti fuisse videtur, ut Ordinibus Bohemicis, odiosum & suspectum redderetur Imperium novi sui Regis’. This discussion comes in a section warning against the use of ‘Consilia Machiavellistica’ (p. 257). 4, no. 27. ¹⁷ Weber has made a good case, but not a conclusive one. It might be thought significant that the annotated copy in Wolfenb¨uttel is of the edition which gave Frederick his royal title (tentatively identified above as the first edition); if the annotation was made immediately on receipt of it, this might represent fresh inside knowledge rather than stale rumour.

The second part was introduced with the comment: ‘Hitherto you haue made yor selfe stronge, by two meanes, wise connterfeitinge [sic] and dissemblinge: and speedie execution. ’ Nevertheless, further deceptions and dissimulations were also recommended. On the Lutheran inhabitants of Bohemia it advised that ‘you may deferre the suppression ¹² See the listing in W. E. J. , Secretissima instructio; Allergeheimste Instruction; Friderico V. comiti Palatino electo regi Bohemiae, data; an Friederichen, Pfaltzgrafen, erwehlten K¨onig in B¨ohmen (Augsburg, 2002), pp.

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