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The practical Renaissance : information culture and the quest for knowledge in early modern England, 1500-1640

Title
The practical Renaissance : information culture and the quest for knowledge in early modern England, 1500-1640 / Donna A. Seger.
ISBN
9781350200241
1350200247
9781350200203
1350200204
9781350200210
9781350200227
Publication
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2022.
Physical Description
xii, 231 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Summary
"What sort of information did people in early modern England seek? In The Practical Renaissance Donna Seger explores the diffusion and reception of prescriptive publications over the 16th and 17th centuries. Published in an age of dynamic religious and political change, these texts demonstrate the universal desire for health and wealth, a fortified body and an orderly household. With an emphasis not only on content, but also the process by which classical and continental information was 'Englished', this book shows how it was supplanted by more empirical and authoritative knowledge. Published in an age of dynamic religious and political change, these texts, which include plague tracts, husbandry handbooks, printed recipe books, and navigation manuals, demonstrate the universal desire for health and wealth, a fortified body and an orderly household. Divided into three parts, the opening chapters explore factors which affected the diffusion of practical knowledge via prescriptive texts. Part two focuses on the interaction between new discoveries and traditional authority, and the final section considers debates in the 'medical marketplace', the term 'knowledge-mongerer' and the commodification of knowledge at this time. A thorough exploration into the popular and pragmatic expressions of the period, The Practical Renaissance offers a new window into the movement in which knowledge and information became power"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Seger, Donna A. Practical Renaissance London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2022
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 31, 2022
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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