- Bastardy and its Comparative History edited by Peter Laslett, Karla Oosterveen and Richard Smith
Arnold, 431 pp, £24.00, May 1980, ISBN 0 7131 6229 5
This is not an easy book to read, even though it is written clearly and at times elegantly; its authors have swathed and encumbered their interpretations in so many reservations and second thoughts that it takes some attentive detective-work to discover their meaning. One is reminded of the famous lines in which Horace celebrated the daring of the first navigator:
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