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The Age of Secrecy
Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets, 1400–1800

Daniel Jütte; Translated by Jeremiah Riemer

The fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries were truly an Age of Secrecy in Europe, when arcane knowledge was widely believed to be positive knowledge that extended into all areas of daily life, from the economic, scientific, and political spheres to the general activities of ordinary people.
So asserts Daniel Jütte in this engrossing, vivid, and award-winning work. He maintains that the widespread acceptance and even reverence for this “economy of secrets” in premodern Europe created a highly complex and sometimes perilous space for mutual contact between Jews and Christians. Surveying the interactions between the two religious groups in a wide array of secret sciences and practices—includ...

2015   448 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300190984  $40.00 sc

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