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At Day's Close

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At Day's Close

Night in Times Past

By A. Roger Ekirch

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393329018, 480pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2006

Description
Fear of crime, of fire, and of the supernatural; the importance of moonlight; the increased incidence of sickness and death at night; evening gatherings to spin wool and stories; masqued balls; inns, taverns, and brothels; the strategies of thieves, assassins, and conspirators; the protective uses of incantations, meditations, and prayers; the nature of our predecessors' sleep and dreams Ekirch reveals all these and more in his "monumental study" The Nation) of sociocultural history, "maintaining throughout an infectious sense of wonder" (Booklist).