Sleeping Well in the Early Modern World

Sasha Handley (History)

Sasha’s project seeks to determine what it meant to sleep well in the expanding world of early modern Europeans c.1500-c.1750.

The project makes use of the University’s Western Manuscripts, travel narratives, climatological treatises, gardening guides, printed and manuscript recipe books, and personal testimonies in order to identify the principal sites, agents, technologies, and materials involved in sleep’s day-to-day management, and the bodies of botanical, climatic, medical and material knowledge that underpinned their selection and use.

This project is funded by the JRRI Pilot grant and runs from September 2019 – July 2020.