Fear in Early Modern Socie

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These essays present an examination of the events and crises which generated fear in early-modern societies. They offer examples of fear, and popular responses to it. From the natural threats of fire, flood and plague to the theoretical traumas of death and the afterlife, this volume covers the panoply of personal and communal tragedies which tormented, tortured and terrified the early-modern world.
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Overview

These essays present an examination of the events and crises which generated fear in early-modern societies. They offer examples of fear, and popular responses to it. From the natural threats of fire, flood and plague to the theoretical traumas of death and the afterlife, this volume covers the panoply of personal and communal tragedies which tormented, tortured and terrified the early-modern world.
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Fire, flood, plague, invasion by the infidel, purgatory, death, and witchcraft are among the personal and communal tragedies that occupied the minds of both the elite and lowly. The 12 essays explore such factors as the first fire service in France, the massacres of dogs during plagues in England, and flood emergency plans in Holland. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719048661
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Agencies human and divine: fire in French cities, 1520-1720 9
2 Plague-spreading and a magisterially controlled fear 28
3 The Great Dog Massacre 44
4 Fear of water and floods in the Low Countries 62
5 The enemy within and without: an anatomy of fear on the Spanish Mediterranean littoral 78
6 Fear and friction in urban communities during the English Civil War 100
7 The fear of intrusion: communal resilience in early modern England 118
8 The spectre of ignorance: the provision of education in the Swiss cities 137
9 Fear, purgatory and polemic in Reformation England 150
10 'Rest of their bones': fear of death and Reformed burial practices 167
11 The fear of disease and the disease of fear 184
12 The fear of the King is death: James VI and the witches of East Lothian 209
Suggested reading 226
Index 232
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