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The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England by D. Hawkes
  

The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England

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The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England by D. Hawkes

This book examines the ways in which usury was perceived and portrayed as it rose to popularity in Renaissance England, taking into account the works of key literary figures of this period, including Milton and Shakespeare.

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Hawkes
brilliant anatomy of early modern usury illuminates a keyword of the period. Revealing usury

's connections to magic and witchcraft, sodomy, idolatry, unnatural birth, epicurean self-indulgence, consumer desire, and the death of hospitality, Hawkes argues that early modern people saw usury as unambiguously evil. The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England evokes a world in which making money breed was assumed to destroy the soul and the possibility for just and charitable action. Learned, impassioned, and forcefully written, Hawkes'
book uses the past to query many of the assumptions that govern contemporary life. A tour de force.

- Jean Howard, George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature


About the Author

DAVID HAWKES Professor of English at Arizona State University, USA.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st June 2010

Author

D. Hawkes

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Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Format

Paperback
200 pages

Categories

Literature: history & criticism
Literary studies: general

Finance
Literature: history & criticism

ISBN

9781349379781

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