Arson, conspiracy and rumour in early modern Europe
Roberts, Penny. (1997) Arson, conspiracy and rumour in early modern Europe. Continuity and Change, Vol.12 (Part 1). pp. 9-29. ISSN 0268-4160Full text not available from this repository.
A fire in sixteenth-century Troyes can be set into the broader context of a number of arson scares in early modern Europe. The role of rumour in the formation of conspiracy theories involving enemy agents, those of a different faith and marginal groups such as the poor is central to this context. The fears and anxieties generated can be explained by an examination of the economic, political, religious and social dislocation of the period. Arson scares united the people and the authorities in a search for the identification and prosecution of scapegoats, and thus reaffirmed community solidarity and values.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Fires -- Europe -- History, Fires -- France -- Troyes -- History -- 16th century, Arson -- Europe -- History, Conspiracy theories -- Europe -- History|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Continuity and Change|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Page Range:||pp. 9-29|
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