Search results

Open Access (free)
Disrupting the critical genealogy of the Gothic
Jenny DiPlacidi

women writers in the early modern period is shown to be transgressively endogamic in Maureen Quilligan’s excellent work on incest in Elizabethan England. 76 Pat Gill’s study of Restoration drama describes incest as ‘a metaphor for a fundamental disorder in the condition of the state’, pointing towards its use as a social critique of a lack of control or order. 77 Such

in Gothic incest
Open Access (free)
Farah Karim-Cooper

Afterword Farah Karim-Cooper In 1620, Richard Brathwaite worried that the five senses, which had the capacity to convey ‘morall or diuine discourse to the imagination’, could instead be abused and therefore make the body vulnerable to vice and corruption. Here, Brathwaite demonstrates the tension that existed within the medical and moral discourses on sense perception in the early modern period: the senses were gateways to knowledge and God, but they were bodily channels susceptible to Satan’s devastating influences too.1 Early modern discussions of the senses

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
Open Access (free)
Katherine Aron-Beller

­Inquisition in Jewish life, the intricacies of legal jurisdiction over Jews in the early modern period, and the daily interaction of Jews and Christians on the eve of ­ghettoization. Although the belief that the Inquisition could prosecute Jews had already been set out by theologians from medieval times, the papacy officially brought them under Inquisitorial jurisdiction in 1581. Enlarging its jurisdictional com­petence was a regular trait of the tribunal’s history, although in most cases the Inquisition was given authority to judge different types of heretics who seemed to

in Jews on trial
Open Access (free)
Alison Rowlands

readings of the exceptionally rich records from the Rothenburg witchtrials to explore the social and psychic tensions that lay behind the making of witchcraft accusations and confessions, the popular and elite reactions to these accusations and confessions, and the ways in which participants in witch-trials pursued strategies, expressed emotions and negotiated conflicts through what they said about witchcraft. These aims are important for various reasons. In 1996, Robin Briggs suggested that what was surprising about the early modern period was not how many people were

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
Open Access (free)
Simon Smith, Jackie Watson and Amy Kenny

debt that we owe to previous work in this area is demonstrated both in chapters where our contributors develop existing scholarship, and in those where they take alternative directions, in both cases responding to the key concerns and insights of previous scholars. Perhaps most importantly, both the coverage and the methodologies of our volume intend to offer a ‘democracy of the senses’, rather than a sensory hierarchy, reflecting the early modern period’s multiple and often entangled explorations of all five senses. By presenting chapters in our first section that

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
Anuschka Tischer

and finally present some examples of how the notion and practice were used and described in relation to French diplomacy at the Congress of Westphalia. General observations As was pointed out in the Introduction, subsidies are one of those political notions and practices common in the early modern period that are yet to be systematically researched. The methodological problem can be compared to the notion and practice of protection, which has also only recently been put on the scholarly agenda.1 The comparison is useful as protection and subsidies have several

in Subsidies, diplomacy, and state formation in Europe, 1494–1789
Open Access (free)
Adam Fox and Daniel Woolf

is that the cognitive superiority or even modernity of one medium (writing) relative to others (such as speech) has not been satisfactorily established in any cross-cultural context, a point made most sharply by Ruth Finnegan.32 Secondly, the tripartite relationship between speech, writing and print over the long early modern period from 1500 to 1850 – in technological terms, the age of the hand-operated press – is different from the equivalent relationship since then. (This in turn has now been further complicated by very recent developments such as the Internet

in The spoken word
Mark Robson

7 Mark Robson Defending poetry, or, is there an early modern aesthetic? Is there an early modern aesthetic? Or, better: What does one call the space currently occupied by aesthetics before aesthetics emerges? This question appears within the space occupied by what has become known in certain literary-critical circles as the early modern period, broadly defined as 1500–1700.1 Formulation of the idea of the early modern can be taken as an exemplary moment in the permeation of a ‘new’ historicism through literary studies since the early 1980s, most obviously

in The new aestheticism
The example of the German principality of Waldeck
Andreas Flurschütz da Cruz

7 Subsidy treaties in early modern times: the example of the German principality of Waldeck Andreas Flurschütz da Cruz Subsidy treaties: definitions and contents During the early modern period, German princes collectively received more subsidies for their troops than any other single state received at the same time.1 But of course there were variations over time, as well as variations between the German princes, who were not the only players in this business: there were also other states in Europe on the receiving end, such as Denmark and Savoy. This chapter

in Subsidies, diplomacy, and state formation in Europe, 1494–1789
Open Access (free)
Lara Apps and Andrew Gow

witchcraft and witchcraft accusations in his article ‘The making of the female witch: Reflections on witchcraft and gender in the early modern period’. He argues that witches were ‘made’ locally, except when demonic influence was adduced (as in the ‘witch-panics’); and suggests that ‘[a] witchcraft accusation . . . articulated the crossing of male-designated boundaries rather than being restricted to a specific female space’. 14

in Male witches in early modern Europe