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Piero Camporesi is one of the most original and exciting cultural historians in Europe today. In this remarkable book he examines the imaginative world of poor and ordinary people in pre-industrial Europe, exploring their everyday preoccupations, fears and fantasies. Camporesi develops the startling claim that many people in early modern Europe lived in a state of almost permanent hallucination, drugged by their hunger or by bread adulterated with hallucinogenic herbs. The use of opiate products, administered even to children and infants, was widespread and was linked to a popular mythology in which herbalists and exorcists were important cultural figures. Through a careful reconstruction of the everyday imaginative life of peasants, beggars and the poor, Camporesi presents a vivid and disconcerting image of early modern Europe as a vast laboratory of dreams. The book should be of interest to university students and academics in medieval and early modern European history, literature, sociology and anthropology; and general readers interested in life in pre-industrial Europe.
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"A remarkable and exciting recovery of an earlier cosmology elaborated around bread and body.′ Nature
"Stimulating and fun to read." The Historian
"This is a serious book which makes the body in early modern Europe at the same time more comprehensible and still more strange." Social History of Medicine
"Piero Camporesi confronts us here with a baroque panorama of jarring variations, lurid juxtapositions, and vertiginous shifts in setting and scale ... Camporesi insists on being the dramaturge and devil′s advocate of an alternative history." Speculum
"In Camporesi′s breathtaking vision, covering several centuries of early modern peasant society, and focusing chiefly but not exclusively on Italy, real social history and l′histoire des mentalites fuse." Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of MedicineAbout the Author:
Piero Camporesi is professor of Italian literature at the University of Bologna.
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Book Description 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Inscription to previous owner on first free end paper. Pages are otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding is square and tight. Boards are clean. Text block is clean. Dust jacket is clean, bright, and unmarked with slight edgewear. PICTURES PROVIDED UPON REQUEST. Seller Inventory # 42948
Book Description Polity Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0745603491
Book Description Polity Press, Cambridge, 1989. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Octavo, 212pp. Slight browing at top edge, minimal wear. A scarcely used copy, near-fine in like dustwrapper and removable clear protective wrap. Seller Inventory # 40757
Book Description Polity Press, 1989. Gebundene Ausgabe. Condition: Sehr gut. 224 Seiten PORTOERSTATTUNG bei Inlandsversand und Buchpreis über 20 Euro. Schutzumschlag nur gering lädiert. Recht schön erhaltenes Buch P26004J Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 550. Seller Inventory # 16795
Book Description Polity Press, Cambridge, 1989. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. David Gentilcore Translator (illustrator). First English Edition. Translated from the Italian. Bound in brown cloth with gilt title on the spine, this volume is in near fine condition, with very clean text pages and cover. Illustrated paper jacket in good condition with slight wear along top & bottom edges. 212 pages. All proceeds from the sale of this item go to Amnesty International. Size: 9 1/4" x 6". Seller Inventory # 903985