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Randolph C. Head. Jenatsch's Axe: Social Boundaries, Identity, and Myth in the Era of the Thirty Years' War.
Changing Perspectives on Early Modern Europe. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008. xvi + 178 pp. index. illus. map. bibl. $70. ISBN: 978-1-58046-276-1.
Axe murders hold a certain fascination, even when they happened in the seventeenth century. The axe referred to in the title of Randolph Head's book was used in the 1639 assassination of George Jenatsch, a Swiss Reformed pastor turned mercenary captain and convert to Catholicism. Jenatch's Axe is not a biography of Jenatsch in the conventional sense, in which pieces are added together to create a coherent whole. Instead, the book resembles a prism, with each chapter refracting one aspect of Jenatsch's …