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We are grateful for David Coast’s perceptive review of The Murder of King James I and for his interesting questions about further research.

It is very satisfying to be able to respond to such an incisive review of ‘Guilty Women’ by a scholar who has himself made provocatively original incursions into the field by interrogating politicians’ receptiveness and understanding of public opinion in the appeasement debates of the late 1930s.

In his very thoughtful review of Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West, which I would like to acknowledge gratefully, Harry Munt has raised some very interesting points.

The editors are most grateful to the reviewer for reading, describing and offering tasters of the collection for the benefit of Reviews in History readers. Picking up on a couple of aspects of the review, we wish merely to point out that of the book's 15 chapters, six directly address indigenous children and related themes.

I want to thank Tehila Sasson for her thoughtful, engaged review of my Britannia’s Embrace. I particularly appreciate her careful attention to my account of the origins of modern refuge in its largely 19th-century context and her interest in drawing out connections with histories of refugees in the 20th century and the present day.

I would like to thank Benjamin M. Guyer for reading and reviewing my book, and I am delighted that he found the chapters dealing with the royal touch during the Stuart age so convincing. He also looks favourably on the medical aspects of scrofula and the royal touch, noting that this is one of several aspects of my book that covers new ground.

I’d like to thank Tom Kelsey for his generous review of Rational Action, and, in particular, for his attention to the book’s historiographical analysis.  The events that I describe have long been steeped in narratives about the rise and fate of ‘scientific’ methods of management and decision making.  It was extremely difficult to break free of the assumption that such methods had a peculiar, al

I am extremely grateful to Dr. Kwan for a review which was very interesting, thought-provoking and which outlines some of the key issues with which historians of the late Habsburg Empire are currently grappling. I thank him for highlighting the contribution that my book, Ring of Steel, seeks to make to these debates.

Review Date: 
8 Jun 2016

In the latest of our occasional Reviews in History podcast series, Jordan Landes interviews Darin Hayton about the latter's recent book on the use of astrology as a political tool in an early Renaissance court.

Darin Hayton is associate professor of history of science at Haverford College.

I am glad, first of all, to thank Dr Simon Morgan for his thoughtful review. He characterises Victorian Political Culture as not a textbook, but ‘essentially a work of synthesis’, informed by archival research. Certainly, the valuable work of fellow historians over the past decades is an essential foundation to the book.