Agnes Bowker's Cat: Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England / Edition 1

Agnes Bowker's Cat: Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England / Edition 1

by David Cressy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192825305

ISBN-13: 9780192825308

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Cressy examines how the orderly, Protestant, and hierarchical society of post-Reformation England coped with the cultural challenges posed by beliefs and events outside the social norm. Drawing on local texts and narratives he reveals how a series of troubling and unorthodox happenings—bestiality and monstrous births, seduction and abortion, nakedness and

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Cressy examines how the orderly, Protestant, and hierarchical society of post-Reformation England coped with the cultural challenges posed by beliefs and events outside the social norm. Drawing on local texts and narratives he reveals how a series of troubling and unorthodox happenings—bestiality and monstrous births, seduction and abortion, nakedness and cross-dressing, excommunication and irregular burial, iconoclasm and vandalism—disturbed the margins, cut across the grain, and set the authorities on edge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192825308
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction
1. Agnes Bowker's Cat: Childbirth, Seduction, Bestiality and Lies
2. Monstrous Births and Credible Reports: Portents, Texts and Testimonies
3. Mercy Gould and the Vicar of Cuckfield: Domestic and Clerical Pleading
4. Rose Arnold's Confession: Seduction, Deception and Distress in the Heart of England
5. The Essex Abortionist: Depravity, Sex and Violence
6. Another Midwife's Tale: Alcohol, Patriarchy and Childbirth in Early Modern London
7. Cross-Dressing in the Birth Room: Gender Trouble and Cultural Boundaries
8. Who Buried Mrs Horseman? Excommunication, Accommodation, and Silence
9. Mocking the Clergy: Wars of Words in Parish and Pulpit
10. The Atheists Sermon: Belief, Unbelief and Traditionalism in the Elizabethan North
11. Baptised Beasts and Other Travesties: Affronts to Rites of Passage
12. The Battle of the Altars: Turning the Tables and Breaking the Rails
13. The Portraiture of Prynne's Pictures: Performances on the Public Stage
14. The Downfall of Cheapside Cross: Vandalism, Ridicule and Iconoclasm
15. The Adamites Exposed: Naked Radicals in the English Revolution
Conclusion
Index

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