By A. Roger Ekirch
Bringing gentle to the shadows of historical past via a "rich weave of quotation and archival evidence" (Publishers Weekly), pupil A. Roger Ekirch illuminates the features of lifestyles almost always missed by way of different historians—those that spread at evening.
In this "triumph of social history" (Mail on Sunday), Ekirch's "enthralling anthropology" (Harper's) exposes the nightlife that spawned a different tradition and a shelter from day-by-day life.
Fear of crime, of fireplace, and of the supernatural; the significance of moonlight; the elevated prevalence of ailment and dying at evening; night gatherings to spin wool and tales; masqued balls; hotels, taverns, and brothels; the suggestions of thieves, assassins, and conspirators; the protecting makes use of of incantations, meditations, and prayers; the character of our predecessors' sleep and dreams—Ekirch unearths these types of and extra in his "monumental study" (The Nation) of sociocultural historical past, "maintaining all through an infectious feel of wonder" (Booklist).
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At Day's Close: Night in Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch