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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...

Object Case Study of Jacob Coeman’s Portrait of Peter Cnoll, Cornelia van Nijenrode, Their Daughters, and Two Enslaved Servants, 1655

Susan Broomhall

Susan Broomhall is Director of the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Object Case Studies

...Object Description The portrait is of Pieter Cnoll, first chief merchant in Batavia, his wife Cornelia van Nijenrode, and their daughters Catharina, who is holding a Japanese-style fan and Pekinese dog, and Hester, who is sitting on a cargo...

Conflict and Accommodation

A Cultural History of Sport in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Cultural History Chapter

...“Regulating sociability and aggression, sport provided an outlet for impulses which could not be expressed elsewhere,” wrote Georges Vigarello (Vigarello 2002: 8). He viewed sport as a “factor in the order and stability” of pre-industrial...

Art

A Cultural History of Objects in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Cultural History Chapter

...Introduction Art history as we know it was born in the Age of Enlightenment. The 160 years covered by this volume are bookended by two of the great works of art history: Karel van Mander’s 1604 Het Schilderboeck and Geschichte der Kunst...

Art

A Cultural History of Objects in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...Love is like a painter. The works of a good painter so charm men that, in contemplating them, they remain suspended, and sometimes to such an extent that it seems they have been put in an ecstasy … This is what the love of Jesus Christ does...

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...