Privacy is often considered a modern phenomenon.
Early Modern Privacy: Sources and Approaches challenges this view. This collection examines instances, experiences, and spaces of early modern privacy, and opens new avenues to understanding the structures and dynamics that shape early modern societies. Scholars of architectural history, art history, church history, economic history, gender history, history of law, history of literature, history of medicine, history of science, and social history detail how privacy and the private manifest within a wide array of sources, discourses, practices, and spatial programmes. In doing so, they tackle the methodological challenges of early modern privacy, in all its rich, historical specificity.
Contributors: Ivana Bičak, Mette Birkedal Bruun, Maarten Delbeke, Willem Frijhoff, Michael Green, Mia Korpiola, Mathieu Laflamme, Natacha Klein Käfer, Hang Lin, Walter S. Melion, Hélène Merlin-Kajman, Lars Cyril Nørgaard, Anne Régent-Susini, Marian Rothstein, Thomas Max Safley, Valeria Viola, Lee Palmer Wandel, and Heide Wunder.
Michaël Green, PhD (2013, University of Groningen) is professor at the University of Lodz. He publishes widely on early modern education, religious minorities, and social networks, including
The Huguenot Jean Rou (1638–1711): Scholar, Educator, Civil Servant (Honoré Champion, 2015).
Lars Cyril Nørgaard, PhD (2017, University of Copenhagen) is assistant professor at the Copenhagen Centre for Privacy Studies. His publications deal with the tension between religious seclusion and societal engagement and the ambiguous nature of pre-modern privacy.
Mette Birkedal Bruun, PhD (2000, Arhus University), dr.theol. (2017, University of Copenhagen) is professor of Church History and director of the Copenhagen Centre for Privacy Studies. She has published widely on medieval and early modern monastic culture and lay devotion.
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Notes on the Editors Notes on the Contributors
Past Privacy Lars Cyril Nørgaard
Towards an Approach to Early Modern Privacy: The Retirement of the Great Condé Mette Birkedal Bruun
Part 1: Approaching Notions of Privacy and the Private
Considering ‘Privacy’ and Gender in Early Modern German-Speaking Countries Heide Wunder
‘Privé’ and ‘Particulier’ (and Other Words) in Seventeenth-Century France Hélène Merlin-Kajman
How to Approach Privacy without Private Sources? Insights from the Franco-Dutch Network of the Eelkens Merchant Family around 1600 Willem Frijhoff
Early Modern Swedish Law and Privacy: A Legal Right in Embryo Mia Korpiola
Part 2: Crossing the Thresholds of Privacy and the Private
The Moment of Communion Lee Palmer Wandel
How to Make Exemplarity with Secret Virtues: Funeral Sermons and Their Challenges in Early Modern France Anne Régent-Susini
Entering the Bedroom through the Judicial Archives: Sexual Intimacy in Eighteenth-Century Toulouse Mathieu Laflamme
Public and Private in Jewish Egodocuments of Amsterdam (ca. 1680–1830) Michaël Green
Part 3: Secrecy, Knowledge, and Authority
The Paradox of Secrecy: Merchant Families, Family Firms, and the Porous Boundaries between Private and Public Business Life in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Thomas Max Safley
Chops and Chamber Pots: Satire of the Experimental Report in Seventeenth-Century England Ivana Bičak
Dynamics of Healer-Patient Confidentiality in Early Modern Witch Trials Natacha Klein Käfer
Examination Essays, Paratext, and Confucian Orthodoxy: Negotiating the Public and Private in Knowledge Authority in Early Seventeenth-Century China Hang Lin
Part 4: Spaces and Places of Privacy and the Private
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as Artisans of the Heart and Home in Manuscript MPM R 35 “Vita S. Joseph beatissimae Virginis sponsi” of ca. 1600 Walter S. Melion
Privacy and Exemplarity in Gianlorenzo Bernini’s Cornaro Chapel Maarten Delbeke
Making Private Public: Representing Private Devotion in an Early Modern Funeral Sermon Lars Cyril Nørgaard
Secret Routes and Blurring Borders: The New Apartment of Giuseppe Papè di Valdina (Palermo, 1714–1742) Valeria Viola
What Lies between the Public and the Secret? Marian Rothstein
Because of its comprehensive disciplinary scope, this volume is of interest to scholars and students of early modern culture in all its facets. Keywords: early modern, intimacy, legal history, religious history, history of art, history of architecture, secrecy, theology, ego-documents, history of science, literary studies, China, Europe, private life, privacy, Jewish history, theory.