Charles L. Stinger, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
"This erudite book chronicles an important intellectual turning point, as Roman intellectuals questioned the values of the High Renaissance and began the shift to the Catholic Reformation. With skill, care, and a wealth of manuscript sources, the author examines the responses of four Roman humanists to the Sack. The author provides perceptive assessments of humanist treatises often overlooked. It is an important contribution to the history of Italian humanism."
Paul F. Grendler, University of Toronto.
"[Gouwens] numerous translations from the Latin are accurate, his close reading of the texts ... informative, and his depiction of the personalities of the humanists and context of composition clear and telling."
Benjamin G. Kohl, Sixteenth Century Journal, 1999.
"This elegant book, beautifully written and eminently persuasive...I am grateful to Kenneth Gouwens for his prose, for his meticulous scholarship, and for his acute insights."
Barbara McClung Hallman, The Catholic Historical Review, 1999.
"Gouwen's book adds subtlety and remarkable scholarly acumen to recent works on the sack of Rome…a well-written and learned work that makes an important contribution to Italian Renaissance studies."
Elisabeth G. Gleason, American Historical Review, 1999.
"...a work of high achievement...essential to the understanding of Italian humanism at its height."
Leonard R.N. Ashley, Chronique, 1999.