Luke Clossey

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Page Range

pp. 3–12


  • English

Print Length

10 pages

1. The Book in a Nutshell

  • Luke Clossey (author)
In a medieval Irish story, Conchobar mac Nessa was baptized with blood when his head exploded upon hearing of the crucifixion of Jesus. Attempting to make sense of these kinds of accounts, so alien to the modern sensibility, this book approaches the fifteenth century as the first in the Late Traditional World, a re-conceptualization of early modernity that seeks to understand the period in its own terms. The chapter briefly introduces the deep ken and the plain ken, two ways of looking at the world, before outlining the structure of the book overall.


Luke Clossey

Associate Professor of Global History at Simon Fraser University

Luke Clossey is an associate professor of global history at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. His first book, Salvation and Globalization in the Early Jesuit Missions (Cambridge UP, 2008), won the Canadian Historical Association's Ferguson Prize for best work of non-Canadian history; a chapter from it won a paper prize from the World History Association. His writings on global religion, the history of ideas, and history methodology have appeared in the Journal of World History, the Journal of Global History, the Journal of Early Modern History, the Sixteenth Century Journal, Global History Review 全球史评 论 , History Compass, the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, and The Cambridge World History.