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Ill Composed
Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England
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In the first in-depth study of how gender determined perceptions and experiences of illness in early modern England, Olivia Weisser invites readers into the lives and imaginations of ordinary seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britons. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including personal diaries, medical texts, and devotional literature, this unique cultural history enters the sickrooms of a diverse sampling of men and women, from a struggling Manchester wigmaker to the diarist Samuel Pepys. The resulting stories of sickness offer unprecedented insight into what it was like to live, suffer, and inhabit a body in England more than three centuries ago.


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ISBN-13: 9780300213478
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: June, 2015
Pages: 256

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