David Wootton: Tudor Microhistory, 10 August 2000
Show More Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England by David Cressy.
Oxford, 351 pp., £25, November 1999, 0 19 820781 6Show More
A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law, and the Second Earl of Castlehaven by Cynthia Herrup.
Oxford, 216 pp., £18.99, December 1999, 0 19 512518 5Show More
“... Both David Cressy and Cynthia Herrup believe they are writing microhistory, a word coined by Italians, but used to describe above all the work of Natalie Zemon Davis (The Return of Martin Guerre, 1983) and Robert Darnton (The Great Cat Massacre, 1984). Microhistorians have turned to the verbatim records of interrogations kept in the law courts of early modern Europe (or at least those parts of Europe where Roman law procedures were followed) to reconstruct the detailed stories of individual trials ...”