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Sleep in Early Modern England By Sasha Handley

Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley

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A riveting look at how the early modern world revolutionized sleep and its relation to body, mind, soul, and society

Sleep in Early Modern England Summary

Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley

A riveting look at how the early modern world revolutionized sleep and its relation to body, mind, soul, and society

Drawing on diverse archival sources and material artifacts, Handley reveals that the way we sleep is as dependent on culture as it is on biological and environmental factors. After 1660 the accepted notion that sleepers lay at the mercy of natural forces and supernatural agents was challenged by new medical thinking about sleep's relationship to the nervous system. This breakthrough coincided with radical changes shaping everything from sleeping hours to bedchambers. Handley's illuminating work documents a major evolution in our conscious understanding of the unconscious.

Sleep in Early Modern England Reviews

"This book contains several increasingly important strands of historical thought: the histories of material objects, the body, the emotions and the senses. Handley's materially and emotionally rich account of early modern sleep shows that the early modern bedchamber was a space where these histories intertwined."-John Gallagher, London Review of Books

"Handley's illuminating work documents a major evolution in our conscious understanding of the unconscious. The judges commented in particular on the book's novelty, and on the rich and thoroughly researched study of an important part of everyday life to which historians have paid little attention. The readers described the book as a significant contribution to social and cultural history, and an interesting and thought-provoking volume."-Judges, Social History Society

"Sleep, as this fascinating book demonstrates, is an extremely rich field." -Tessa Storey, Journal of Social History

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON PRIZE AND LONGMAN HISTORY TODAY AWARD 2017, AND WINNER OF THE 2017 SOCIAL HISTORY SOCIETY PRIZE.

'Sasha Handley's Sleep in Early Modern England is sewn together like a fine quilt. Each chapter on slumber invites another - Handley and the subject of sleep make good bedfellows. She guides the reader through the material culture of the early modern bedroom, detailing truckle beds, linen sheets, and other stuff that dreams were dreamt on. She bolsters our understanding of how, where and when people slept in the early modern period, and also of various other tidbits, such as of the role of pre-sleep prayers and the use of dimity bedcovers. We also encounter the nasties which lurked: the bedbugs and the rough sheets for the servants, made of coarse linen and marked with an "S". An enjoyable book.' - Emily Cockayne, author of Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England


"A book of sheer originality and novelty... Handley tackles an almost completely neglected subject with disarming modesty"-Judges, Wolfson History Prize -- Judges * Wolfson Foundation *
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON PRIZE AND LONGMAN HISTORY TODAY AWARD 2017, AND WINNER OF THE 2017 SOCIAL HISTORY SOCIETY PRIZE. -- Wolfson Prize * Wolfson Foundation *
"A welcome contribution that fills a gap in the literature . . . a well-presented and authoritative review of the subject that is laced with fascinating titbits of information embedded in a scholarly monograph."-John M.T. Ford, British Society of Medical Historians Review -- John M.T. Ford * British Society of Medical Historians *

"An admirable addition to the existing corpus."- Mark Jones, Albion, March 2017

-- Mark Jones * Albion *
"This book contains several increasingly important strands of historical thought: the histories of material objects, the body, the emotions and the senses. Handley's materially and emotionally rich account of early modern sleep shows that the early modern bedchamber was a space where these histories intertwined."-John Gallagher, London Review of Books -- John Gallagher * LRB *

About Sasha Handley

Sasha Handley is senior lecturer in early modern history at the University of Manchester. Her previous book is Visions of an Unseen World: Ghost Beliefs and Ghost Stories in Eighteenth-Century England. She lives in Manchester, UK.

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NGR9780300220391
Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley
New
Hardback
Yale University Press
2016-08-02
296
0300220391
9780300220391
Short-listed for Wolfson History Prize 2017
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