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Rebekka von Mallinckrodt

1 Boyle’s Dilemma A history of the senses cannot be written detached from social relations and value systems, as Constance Classen wrote in 2012: “To understand the sensory life of a society one must look at the cultural values that inform its ways of sensing the world.” 2 These hierarchies

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Marília dos Santos Lopes

, Unknown Portuguese Master (c. 1510–1520). Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisboa, Portugal. To the European voyagers it seemed obvious that the Brazilian peoples were living a life of sin: “Vices of the flesh (incest at the top of the list, in addition to polygamy and concubinage), nudity, sloth

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Remi Chiu

Borromeo invoked to rally support for his procession was established nearly a millennium earlier by Gregory I during a Roman outbreak in 590. 9 As recounted in the Legenda aurea , the Romans, having lived a continent life throughout Lent, threw off all restraints after Easter and lived sinfully, for

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Margaret A. Morse

recognise it as a paradigm of a devout character and lifestyle, perhaps even prompting the viewer to pray. Prayers for the soul were a primary concern for early modern Venetians well into the sixteenth century, directly tied to contemporary concepts of purgatory and salvation and perhaps even motivating

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Annika Raapke

fever.” 50 Roland attributed this intense reaction to his being responsible for sick people in a society where he had, as yet, no place and standing. Reflecting on his vulnerability, he pondered the general health hazards of Caribbean life – and then told his mother about some concrete changes he had