Europe in 1618 was riven between Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless principalities. After angry Protestants tossed three representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the royal castle in Prague, world war spread from Bohemia with relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to Sweden into a nightmarish world of famine, disease, and seemingly unstoppable destruction.
About the Author
C.V. Wedgwood(1910 97) was an English historian who specialized in seventeenth century European history. She is the author of several essays, biographies, and narrative histories, including"The Thirty Years War, ""The King s Peace", "The King s War, "and"William the Silent: William of Nassau", "Prince of Orange, 1533 1584."
Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.
Paul Kennedy, DPhil, MSc, FBPsS, CPsychol
"Dr Paul Kennedy" is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, Academic Director on the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology, and Head of Clinical Psychology at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He studied at the University of Ulster and Queens University, Belfast, and has worked in clinical health psychology since graduating from his clinical training in 1984. He has established clinical health psychology services in a number of areas.
Dr Kennedy has published over 70 scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals and has been a contributor to a number of book chapters. He is an active researcher with a broad portfolio of research on adjustment, coping and rehabilitation. He serves on the editorial board of the "Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, Neurorehabilitation and Rehabilitation Psychology," He was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1999, served on the Committee of the Division of Health Psychology and was made a Supernumerary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, in 2001. He is founding Chair of the Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.
In 2002 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and SocialWorkers. He was also awarded the New South Wales Goverment's Spinal Visiting Fellow in 2005.
"A book which is, and will long remain, the standard authority on the subject…I doubt if there is anything in any European language which covers the ground so comprehensively and so satisfactorily."
"[Wedgwood] tells a story supremely well….she is by far the best narrative historian writing in the English language. She is a superb stylist, her eye for colorful detail is unerring, and she has an unrivaled capacity for catching the signs and sounds and smells of the past."
— Lawrence Stone
"The greatest narrative historian of the twentieth century, Wedgwood told complex stories in precise, human terms. The formal perfection and clarity of her prose often recall the work of one of her heroes, Edward Gibbon. Yet she contemplated and described in rapid, vivid detail scenes of past and present horror that would have robbed even the unflappable historian of the Roman Empire of his marmoreal calm. The Thirty Years War shows her at her epic best."
— From the introduction by Anthony Grafton
"This is a masterful narrative, written by one of the great exponents of that all-too-rare skill. Threading her way through one of the most complex and fraught eras of European history, Wedgwood gives all who have followed her an object lesson in clarity and readability that has not been surpassed."
— Theodore K. Rabb, Princeton University