The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England

Essays in Celebration of the Work of Bernard Capp

by Garthine Walker,

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.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; May 2010
  • ISBN 9780230293939
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  • Title: The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England
  • Author: Garthine Walker (ed.); Angela McShane (ed.)
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

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.