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The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England
 
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The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England
Essays in Celebration of the Work of Bernard Capp
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
28 May 2010
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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 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.


Description

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.


Reviews

'Overall this volume is distinguished by a number of substantial studies, while all the essays at least yield interesting insights and raise intriguing possibilities. They make a fitting tribute.' - Martin Ingram, Brasenose College, Oxford, English Historical Review


Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England; A.McShane& G.Walker
PART I: THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE EVERYDAY
Bodily Control and Social Unease: The Fart in Seventeenth-Century England; K.Thomas
The Ambition of a Young Baronet: Sir Thomas Isham of Lamport, 1657¬–1681; A.Fletcher
Robert Robertes and Little Cis: an Extraordinary Relationship; R.Houlbrouke
Punishing Words: Insults and Injuries, 1525–1700; P.Griffiths
The World of Poor Robin's Intelligence: Comedy and Communication in Late Stuart London; D.M.Turner
The Strangeness of the Familiar: Witchcraft and the Law in Early Modern England; G.Walker
PART II: THE EVERYDAY IN THE EXTRAORDINARY
Ann Jeffries and the Fairies: Folk Belief and the War on Scepticism in Later Stuart England; P.Marshall
Wyclif's Well: Lollardy, Landscape and Memory in Post-Reformation England; A.Walsham
'Boiled and Stewed with Roots and Herbs': Everyday Tales of Cannibalism in Early Modern Virginia; C.Armstrong
Glimpses of the Obscure: the Witch Trials of the Channel Islands; D.Ogier
The Extraordinary Case of the Blood-Drinking and Flesh-Eating Cavaliers; A.McShane
Mother Shipton and the Devil; D.Oldridge
Bleedinge Afreshe'? The Affray and Murder at Nantwich, 19 December 1572; S.Hindle
Publications by Professor Bernard Capp, FBA; T.Reinke-Williams
Index








Authors

ANGELA MCSHANE  is Tutor in Postgraduate Studies for the V&A/RCA History of Design programme. 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.