This volume crosses geographical as well as chronological divides in order to emphasise the mutability of the social margins, making an important contribution to research on social and urban history by considering a variety of groups identified as "marginal." Focusing on two key themes in relation to these groups - the language of marginality and the spaces of the margins - the volume counters the trend in the existing historiography to discuss the social margins either as a single, undifferentiated group or separate, unconnected ones, instead examining the effect that changing perceptions of social position had in shaping the spaces in which people worked, lived, or worshipped.
Introduction Jane Stevens Crawshaw Part One: Exploring Space and Language 1. "Sanità Deli Corpi Humani": Planning for Health and the Urban Environment in Renaissance Italy Fabrizio Nevola 2. The Art of Translation: Marginality, Language, and Missionary Dictionaries in New France Sarah Pearsall Part Two: Bodies 3. Marginal Bodies and Minds?: Responses to Leprosy, Mental Illness and Cognitive Impairment in Late Medieval Normandy Elma Brenner 4. "[N]ot So Deformed in Body as Debauched in Behaviour": Disability and "Marginality" in Early Modern England David Turner Part Three: Work 5. The Place of African Slaves in Early Modern Spain Carmen Fracchia 6. Foreigners in the Workplace in Renaissance Venice Rosa Salzberg Part Four: The Family and the Home 7: Families on the Margins?: Priests and their Children in Early Modern Italy Elena Taddia 8: Child Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault: Compromised Chastity, Marginalised Lives? Sarah Toulalan Part Five: The Law 9. Medieval English Singlewomen in Law and Reality Sara M. Butler 10. "Vagrants and Predators"?: The Perception and Treatment of Gypsies as "On the Margins" in Early Modern English Society Julie Gammon Part Six: Death 11. Down but Not Out: Social Mobility Among the Dishonorable of Early Modern Europe Joel F. Harrington 12. The Margins of Death: Funerals and Burials in Early Modern Venice and Nuremberg Alexandra Bamji Afterword Andrew Spicer