Sleepless Souls: Suicide in Early Modern England (Oxford Studies in Social History Series)

Sleepless Souls: Suicide in Early Modern England (Oxford Studies in Social History Series)

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Sleepless Souls: Suicide in Early Modern England (Oxford Studies in Social History Series) by Michael MacDonald, Terence R. Murphy


Suicide was regarded as a deplorable act, subject to savage punishments, in Tudor and Stuart England. In Georgian England it was de-criminalized, tolerated, and even sentimentalized. Drawing on a wide variety of contemporary sources, Sleepless Souls traces the causes of this dramatic shift in attitude. Michael MacDonald and Terence R. Murphy relate changes in opinion and practice to the complex framework of life in early modern England--including political events, religious changes, philosophical fashions, and differing class interests. Their analysis uncovers the forces that were reshaping the mental outlook of different English classes and social groups, and consequently provides an invaluable social and cultural history of English society over three centuries.

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ISBN-13: 9780198229193
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/28/1990
Series: Oxford Studies in Social History Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.10(d)

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University of Michigan

American University, Washington DC

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