At Day's Close

At Day's Close

Night in Times Past

Book - 2005 | 1st ed.
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Bringing light to the shadows of history through a "rich weave of citation and archival evidence" (Publishers Weekly), scholar A. Roger Ekirch illuminates the aspects of life most often overlooked by other historians--those that unfold at night. In this "triumph of social history" (Mail on Sunday), Ekirch's "enthralling anthropology" (Harper's) exposes the nightlife that spawned a distinct culture and a refuge from daily life.

Fear of crime, of fire, and of the supernatural; the importance of moonlight; the increased incidence of sickness and death at night; evening gatherings to spin wool and stories; masqued balls; inns, taverns, and brothels; the strategies of thieves, assassins, and conspirators; the protective uses of incantations, meditations, and prayers; the nature of our predecessors' sleep and dreams--Ekirch reveals all these and more in his "monumental study" (The Nation) of sociocultural history, "maintaining throughout an infectious sense of wonder" (Booklist).

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393329018
0393329011
9780393050899
0393050890
Branch Call Number: 306.4 EKIRCH
Characteristics: xxxii, 447 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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