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Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley
  

Sleep in Early Modern England

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Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017.

We face many clashing opinions about sleep today. But spare a thought for the hapless person in pre C18 England, harried by thoughts of sloth and religious foot-dragging. Hemmed around by different but still numerous sleep “rules” their view of darkness in these pre-electric-light days is also a fascinating subject. ~ Sue Baker

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Wolfson History Prize Judges “A book of sheer originality and novelty… Handley tackles an almost completely neglected subjected with disarming modesty.”

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Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley

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.

Reviews

'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

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

About the Author

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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Publication date

2nd August 2016

Author

Sasha Handley

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Publisher

Yale University Press

Format

Hardback
296 pages

Categories

History
All Shortlists and Winners
The Real World
The Wolfson History Prize 2017
eBook Favourites

Social & cultural history

Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Sociology: customs & traditions

ISBN

9780300220391

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