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Plagues, Poisons and Potions: Plague Spreading Conspiracies in the Western Alps c.1530-1640
     

Plagues, Poisons and Potions: Plague Spreading Conspiracies in the Western Alps c.1530-1640

by William G. Naphy
 

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With the 16th and 17th Century outbreaks of the Plague, came the arrests and executions of many hospital workers who were accused of conspiring to spread the disease. Plagues, Poisons and Potions contains a detailed study of this fascinating phenomenon associated with the Plague. It examines the courts and the part played by torture, as well as considering

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With the 16th and 17th Century outbreaks of the Plague, came the arrests and executions of many hospital workers who were accused of conspiring to spread the disease. Plagues, Poisons and Potions contains a detailed study of this fascinating phenomenon associated with the Plague. It examines the courts and the part played by torture, as well as considering the socio-economic conditions of the workers, highlighting an early modern form of 'class warfare'.

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Using extensive research of local archives and trial records, Naphy (history, U. of Aberdeen, UK) has reconstructed the ugly history in the western Alps, especially in Geneva, of widespread conspiracy theories about women who were presented as spreading the plague in order to plunder the homes of the infected. The victims of the conspiracy theories were mainly immigrant women who worked with the barber-surgeons to care for the sick and who were then tortured and killed as witches. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780719046407
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Social and Cultural Values in Early Modern Europe Ser.
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Williams G. Naphy is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen.

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