"Looking for European world history from 1450 to 1789? This is the place where researchers can find a wealth of information...If you need an authoritative work that places important people, such as Peter the Great, Galileo, Rembrandt, Louis XIV, Shakespeare and Velazquez, in their time periods; would like to trace the building of Versailles; or watch the growth of Venice, this reference fulfills that wish. It will be a good starting point for students who need to select a topic for world history reports when they are studying these centuries...Certainly it should be accessible to your students."
--Reference for Students (www.gale.com) (May 2004)
"In the distinguished tradition of its Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (1999) and Dictionary of the Middle Ages (1982-1989), Scribner has published a new encyclopedia that is even grander than these earlier award-winning multivolume works. This handsome set is impressive in the breadth of its coverage, from the mid-fifteenth century, a period of relative stability following the chaos of the late Middle Ages, to the French Revolution...Major topics are represented by extended, in-depth essays, but the more tangential entriesConcubinage, Madness and melancholy, Sanitation, Virtueare also worthwhile and informative..The first volume contains a nine-page introduction as well as a helpful 120-page chronology dividing notable subjects into three categories"Art and Architecture," "Drama and Music," and "Literature and Scholarship"...Numerous gorgeous illustrations are sprinkled throughout, including an eight-page color section in the middle of each volume. Some of the Renaissance paintings reproduced here are breathtaking and provide a good argument for print encyclopedias over online counterparts. Landmark pieces of art and architecture are also splendidly exhibited here...Overall, this is a fine set, from its beautiful physical appearance and stunning covers to the scope and depth of its coverage. Recommended for academic and large public libraries."
--Booklist (April 2004)
"This encyclopedia covers from the revolution in print to the French Rebolution, a busy, exciting, and an important historical time frame. What is heartening is that a confidently presentd set of books is here that is as usable as the Web and has the expertise of the academy behind it."