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The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town

The Murder of Mr Grebell Madness and Civility in an English Town On a winter night in a local magistrate was stabbed to death in the churchyard of Rye by an angry butcher Why did this gruesome crime happen What does it reveal about the political economic an

  • Title: The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town
  • Author: Paul Kleber Monod
  • ISBN: 9780300099850
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On a winter night in 1743, a local magistrate was stabbed to death in the churchyard of Rye by an angry butcher Why did this gruesome crime happen What does it reveal about the political, economic, and cultural patterns that existed in this small English port town To answer these questions, this fascinating book takes us back to the mid sixteenth century, when religiousOn a winter night in 1743, a local magistrate was stabbed to death in the churchyard of Rye by an angry butcher Why did this gruesome crime happen What does it reveal about the political, economic, and cultural patterns that existed in this small English port town To answer these questions, this fascinating book takes us back to the mid sixteenth century, when religious and social tensions began to fragment the quiet town of Rye and led to witch hunts, riots, and violent political confrontations Paul Monod examines events over the course of the next two centuries, tracing the town s transition as it moved from narrowly focused Reformation norms to the expansive ideas of the emerging commercial society In the process, relations among the town s inhabitants were fundamentally altered The history of Rye mirrored that of the whole nation, and it gives us an intriguing new perspective on England in the early modern period.

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    1 thought on “The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town

    1. A good exercise in microhistory. Monod uses a murder in the harbour town of Rye in 1743 as a peg on which to hang an examination of changing social, political, economic, and social patterns and the stresses these changes created. The threads are sometimes pretty tenuous, and at times the murder just seems like a convenient excuse to talk about the history of Rye in the early modern period rather than an actual lense through which to examine it. But the book is never less than readable, and the c [...]

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