Sleep In Early Modern England

September 27, 2016|
Sleep In Early Modern England by Sasha Handley
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A riveting look at how the early modern world revolutionized sleep and its relation to body, mind, soul, and society

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.
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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Title:Sleep In Early Modern England
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:296 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:296 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Published:September 27, 2016
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300220391

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