Lives Uncovered: A Sourcebook of Early Modern Europe

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Nicholas Terpstra
University of Toronto Press, Jul 3, 2019 - Europe - 304 pages

Curated by acclaimed scholar Nicholas Terpstra, Lives Uncovered is a captivating collection of early modern primary sources organized around the human life cycle. The collection begins with a short essay titled "How to Read a Primary Source," which helps readers recognize different kinds of primary sources and introduces the idea of critical reading. A second brief essay, "Life Cycles in the Early Modern Period," details the organization of the volume and explains each stage in the life cycle within its historical context.

Over 150 readings examine men and women from different social classes and different religious and racial groups, addressing topics that include sex and sexuality, food and drink, poverty, crime and punishment, religious tension and coexistence, and migration and emigration. Using a creative range of sources such as letters, wills, laws, diaries, fiction, and poems, Terpstra gives readers a comprehensive picture of everyday life in early modern Europe and in other parts of the globe that Europeans were beginning to settle and colonize.

Each of the life-cycle chapters includes a combination of longer readings, shorter readings, and images. Every reading begins with a short introduction that sets the context of the primary source, while review questions complement the main themes of the readings. Over 30 illustrations serve as non-textual primary sources. An index is also provided.

 

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Contents

I How to Read a Primary Source
1
Life Cycles in the Early Modern Period
5
III Body and Spirit Sickness and Health
9
Reading Questions
27
IV Conception Contraception and Birth
29
Reading Questions
54
V Childhood and Adolescence
55
Reading Questions
77
Reading Questions
159
X Crime and Punishment
161
Reading Questions
184
Mystics Nuns and Witches
185
Reading Questions
203
Jews Muslims and Christians
205
Reading Questions
230
Migration and Emigration
231

VI Working Life
79
Reading Questions
94
Making and Ending It
95
Reading Questions
125
VIII Sex Gender and Prostitution
127
Reading Questions
140
IX Poverty and Poor Relief
141
Reading Questions
255
XIV Danger Disease and Death
257
Reading Questions
269
Sources
271
Index
277
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Nicholas Terpstra is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

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