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At Day's Close|A. Roger Ekirch
At Day's Close : Night in Times Past
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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).

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393329018
  • ISBN-10: 0393329011
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: October 2006
  • Dimensions: 8.22 x 5.84 x 1.19 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.94 pounds
  • Page Count: 480

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