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Syphilis in Shakespeare's England - Johannes Fabricius

Syphilis in Shakespeare's England

Paperback Published: 1st July 1994
ISBN: 9781853022708
Number Of Pages: 380

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The emergence of syphilis in Europe at the end of the fifteenth century had a profound influence on the history of Western civilization during the Renaissance. The author's assertion that syphilis was as widespread in England as in the rest of Europe challenges generally accepted views in the field. Working from primary sources, he shows how syphilis spread across the country, what its effect was, the range of cures that were used, and what preventative measures were taken against it. He shows how syphilis brought about a profound change of manners and morals during the Renaissance, leading to an emphasis on monogamy, premarital chastity and absolute fideltiy within marriage.

He suggests that, in many ways, the emergence of syphilis has numerous parallels with our latest venereal epidemic, AIDS. There are many indications that a simlar change is taking place in our modern world, and that a moral reaction rivalling that of the Reformation may be on its way.

Industry Reviews

The book begins with an excellent survey of the rise of the disease on the Continent, its spread to Britain and of the medical profession's efforts to cure it... Fabricius examines the evidence for the arrival of the disease in Britain, the social conditions which were conducive to its spreading, and the measures taken to combat it...one of the virtues of Fabricius's book is the sheer breadth of his approach, examining the issues in the wider context of the work of other writers of the period, medical literature and other legislative measures... Clearly there is stuff here to fuel prolonged debate. -- Times Literary Supplement

The Sinister Shepherdp. 1
Wonder Drugs for the Poxp. 33
England and the Poxp. 57
An Age of Upheavalp. 84
Chroniclers of Syphilis and Prostitutionp. 104
Prostitution in Englandp. 125
High-Risk Groupsp. 147
The Promiscuous City and Its Stage Representationp. 165
Shakespeare and His Circlep. 175
Shakespeare's Unconscious Imageryp. 196
Shakespeare's Mid-Life Crisisp. 231
The Dangerous Infirmity of Burningp. 255
Conclusionp. 270
Bibliographyp. 274
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9781853022708
ISBN-10: 1853022705
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59