The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230537248
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ANGELA MCSHANE  is Tutor in Postgraduate Studies for the V&A/RCA History of Design program. Her publications include Political Broadside Ballads in Seventeenth-Century England: A Critical Bibliography (2010) and articles on ballads, fashion, drinking cultures and the materiality of popular politics in 17th century England. A monograph, The Political World of the English Broadside Ballad, 1640–1695 is forthcoming. 
  
GARTHINE WALKER  is Senior Lecturer in History at Cardiff University. Her publications include Crime, Gender and Social Order in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Writing Early Modern History(Arnold, 2005), and essays and articles on topics ranging from abduction, rape and criminal households to the influence of psychoanalysis and modernisation theory in historical writing.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Abbreviations and Conventions

Notes on the Contributors

Introduction: The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England Garthine Walker Walker, Garthine 1

Part I The Extraordinary in the Everyday 7

1 Bodily Control and Social Unease: The Fart in Seventeenth-Century England Keith Thomas Thomas, Keith 9

2 The Ambition of a Young Baronet: Sir Thomas Isham of Lamport, 1657-1681 Anthony Fletcher Fletcher, Anthony 31

3 Robert Robertes and Little Cis: An Extraordinary Relationship Ralph Houlbrooke Houlbrooke, Ralph 48

4 Punishing Words: Insults and Injuries, 1525-1700 Paul Griffiths Griffiths, Paul 66

5 The World of Poor Robin's Intelligence: Comedy and Communication in Late Stuart London David M. Turner Turner, David M. 86

6 The Strangeness of the Familiar: Witchcraft and the Law in Early Modern England Garthine Walker Walker, Garthine 105

Part II The Everyday in the Extraordinary 125

7 Ann Jeffries and the Fairies: Folk Belief and the War on Scepticism in Later Stuart England Peter Marshall Marshall, Peter 127

8 Wyclif's Well: Lollardy, Landscape and Memory in Post-Reformation England Alexandra Walsham Walsham, Alexandra 142

9 áBoiled and Stewed with Roots and Herbs': Everyday Tales of Cannibalism in Early Modern Virginia Catherine Armstrong Armstrong, Catherine 161

10 Glimpses of the Obscure: The Witch Trials of the Channel Islands Darryl Ogier Ogier, Darryl 177

11 The Extraordinary Case of the Blood-Drinking and Flesh-Eating Cavaliers Angela McShane McShane, Angela 192

12 Mother Shipton and the Devil Darren Oldridge Oldridge, Darren 211

13 áBleedinge Afreshe'? The Affray and Murder at Nantwich, 19 December 1572 Steve Hindle Hindle, Steve 224

Publications by Professor Bernard Capp, FBA Compiled Tim Reinke-Williams Reinke-Williams, Tim 246

Index 251

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