The Land of Hunger

The Land of Hunger

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In this highly original book, Camporesi explores the two worlds of feast and famine in early modern Europe.

The Land of Hunger is a graphic and engaging journey into the folk culture of early modern Europe. It will consolidate Camporesi s reputation as one of the most original and imaginative historians of our time.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 162 x 238 x 20mm | 500g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745608884
  • 9780745608884
  • 1,572,726

About Piero Camporesi

Piero Camporesi is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Bologna.
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"Ranging across anthropology, folklore, popular religion, medicine and history, and crafted with unusual dramatic skill, Camporesia s books open to our gaze a pre--industrial underclass of subsistence farmers, seasonal labourers and vagrants, people who lived on bread when they could get it, wild roots and berries when they could not, stilling the pangs of hunger with herbal drugs like wormwood and hellebore." Times Literary Supplement "Piero Camporesi is one of the most stimulating and path--breaking historians." Roy Porter
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Table of contents

Introduction: From Giant to Beggar: the Colossus and the Man of Naught.
1. The Devil s Carnival.
2. Charlatans, Cheats and Malingerers.
3. The Science of the Belly: Decline and Death of the Myth of Cockaigne.
4. The Land of Hunger.
5. The Witches Carnival.
6. A Blemished World.
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