Counterfeit Ladies: The Life and Death of Mary Frith the Case of Mary Carleton

Counterfeit Ladies: The Life and Death of Mary Frith the Case of Mary Carleton

by Janet Todd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814782140

ISBN-13: 9780814782149

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: New York University Press

Accused of transvestism and trickery, indicted for bigamy and hanged for robbery, Mary Carleton, the German Princess, was the most notorious female rogue of her time. Mary Frith, alias Mal Cutpurse, was a similarly spectacular transgressor: a resident of London's infamous Alsatia district, a criminal sanctuary between Fleet Street and the Thames, she was

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Accused of transvestism and trickery, indicted for bigamy and hanged for robbery, Mary Carleton, the German Princess, was the most notorious female rogue of her time. Mary Frith, alias Mal Cutpurse, was a similarly spectacular transgressor: a resident of London's infamous Alsatia district, a criminal sanctuary between Fleet Street and the Thames, she was renowned for strolling the streets of seventeenth-century London in men's clothes.

The Case of Mary Carleton and The Life and Death of Mary Frith, are reprinted here for the first time, since their original publication in 1663 and 1662 respectively. In the tradition of Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, these are the semi-fictional biographies of these two extraordinary criminals. They reveal to us a world in which women smoked in taverns, drank to excess in alehouses, and regaled revelers with anecdotes around a fire—all perilous activities for a woman in a society which considered modesty, silence, and obedience the feminine virtues of the day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814782149
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Essential Papers on Psychoanalysis Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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