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Introduction: Entering the Sensory Worlds

Herman Roodenburg

Herman Roodenburg holds the Chair of The Historical Anthropology and Ethnology of Europe at the Free University of Amsterdam and is also affiliated with the Meertens Institute, of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his recent English publications are The Eloquence of the Body: Perspectives on Gesture in the Dutch Republic (2004), Forging European Identities, 1400-1700 (2007), Body and Embodiment in Netherlandish Art (2008) and The Passions in the Arts of the Early Modern Netherlands (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of The Senses in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...Let us start with a remarkable letter written in 1640 by a lover of the lute, a Frenchman who lived for some twenty years in the Dutch Republic. In it, he professed his belief that “all our nerves and muscles” serve the memory. He...

Sensory Media

A Cultural History of The Senses in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...On April 7, 1648 Guglielmo de Egregis, a gentleman from the region of Friuli, appeared of his own free will before the Udine Inquisitor. This was common practice for those who felt they had committed a crime or ran the risk of being...

War and Peace in the Early Modern Period

Peter Schröder

Peter Schröder is Professor of the History of Political Thought at University College London, UK Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lesson Plan

...Introduction The perception and discussion of war and peace underwent radical changes in the early modern period because of a wide range of very different reasons. Warfare itself changed dramatically during this period, as did diplomacy...

Interpretations: Antitheatrical Thinking and the Rise of ‘Theatre’

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Early Modern Age Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...Only a transnational approach that departs from nationalist historiographies can fully show what was ideologically at stake in early modern theatre, because ideological attacks on and defences of the theatre drew upon cultural anxieties...

Healthy Food: Renaissance Dietetics, c.1450–c.1650

David Gentilcore

David Gentilcore is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK. He is the author of Italy and the Potato: A History, 1550-2000 (2012), Pomodoro!: A History of the Tomato in Italy (2010) and Medical Charlatanism in Early Modern Italy (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Food and Health in Early Modern Europe : Diet, Medicine and Society, 1450–1800

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book Chapter

...Introduction There is nothing more useful in medicine than knowing the qualities of the things that we use in life, whether to avoid those which are harmful or to take those which are beneficial. This is what has...

Atypical Bodies

A Cultural History of Disability in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...Malformed animals, conjoined twins, dwarfs, individuals with intersex conditions, several amputees, individuals with mobility impairments, a very fat bishop, two hunchbacks, and a pig-faced woman: representations of early modern atypicality...

Sex, Popular Beliefs, and Culture

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

Cultural History Chapter

...The study of early modern European magic and witchcraft through treatises and trial records has revealed abundant information about the probable sexual practices and beliefs of common, mostly illiterate people between 1450 and 1650...

Philosophical Beliefs

A Cultural History of Animals in the Renaissance Volume 3

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...Several factors determined a deep renewal of philosophical consideration of animals in the Renaissance. Humanist editions and translations had enlarged the canon of readings, and new books and reappraisals of ancient works crowded...

The Ties that Bind

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...Between History And Anthropology Anthropologists studying the marriage patterns of non-European populations have had an important influence on the historiography of the European family. For Claude Lévi-Strauss, marriage was founded...

The Body in Birth and Death

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...Figure 1.1, a German woodcut from 1475, portrays a woman lying prone on a bed within a compressed domestic space. Her belly has been crudely slashed open, and a midwife lifts a fully formed child from it. Demonic creatures flank the scene...