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The extraordinary and the everyday in Early Modern England: Essays in celebration of the work of Bernard Capp

Walker, Garthine and Mcshane, Angela, eds. 2010. The extraordinary and the everyday in Early Modern England: Essays in celebration of the work of Bernard Capp. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Abstract

This fascinating collection of essays written by renowned and emerging scholars of the early modern period explores the relationship between the extraordinary and the everyday to provide a greater understanding of and new insights into the mental and material worlds of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. By juxtaposing cases that struck early modern people as irregular or strange with things that they found perfectly usual, everyday matters such as household relationships, farting, drinking and exchanging insults are shown to reveal extraordinary aspects of early modern life, while seemingly exceptional events and beliefs – such as those involving ghosts, prophecies, and cannibalism – illuminate something of the routine experience of ordinary people. The contributions present not one worldview, nor adopt one way of approaching or illuminating the past. Rather, they demonstrate that categories such as the strange and the commonplace should be and were the subject of constant renegotiation, just as they are now.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230537248
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:05
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/32501

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