Philip

The Fortunate Journey

The Escorial: Art and Power in the Renaissance By Henry Kamen (Yale University Press, 291 pp., $35) The historian Henry Kamen has spent a distinguished career presenting what he calls a “revisionist” history of early modern Spain.

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In honor of Queen Elizabeth's visit to the United States this week, I'd like to share some of the more choice statements of her husband, Prince Philip, who, Anglophile that I am, is the living embodiment of why it's a good thing that the Queen does not rule over us. One of the perks of being a British monarch is world travel. But wherever Prince Philip goes, he seems to get into trouble asking the natives the sorts of questions a colonial administrator circa 1880 might have pondered.

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Tablets to Books

Libraries in the Ancient World By Lionel Casson  (Yale University Press, 177 pp., $22.95) One of the inscribed clay tablets in the library of Ashurbanipal, who was the king of Assyria from 668 B.C.

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