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Sleep in early modern England

Sleep in early modern England

Author: Sasha Handley
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University press. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sasha Handley
ISBN: 9780300220391 0300220391
OCLC Number: 971983877
Awards: Short-listed for Wolfson History Prize 2017
Description: 1 v. (XII-280 p.) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Sleep, medicine and the body --
2. Healthy sleep and the household --
3. Faithful slumber --
4. Sleeping at home --
5. Sleep and sociability --
6. Sleep, sensibility and identity --
Responsibility: Sasha Handley.


A riveting look at how the early modern world revolutionized sleep and its relation to body, mind, soul, and society  Read more...


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"This book contains several increasingly important strands of historical thought: the histories of material objects, the body, the emotions and the senses. Handley's materially and emotionally rich Read more...

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