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Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe
     

Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe

by Jon R. Snyder
 

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“Larvatus prodeo,” announced René Descartes at the beginning of the seventeenth century: “I come forward, masked.” Deliberately disguising or silencing their most intimate thoughts and emotions, many early modern Europeans besides Descartes-princes, courtiers, aristocrats and commoners alike-chose to practice the shadowy art of

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