Nature's Cruel Stepdames: Murderous Women in the Street Literature of Sevententh Centruy England (Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies Series)

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This study presents a unique selection of seventeenth century pamphlets revealing the popular press's obsessive concern with female violence - a violence that is almost always domestic - along with a discussion of the texts' historical and cultural contexts.

"A selection of seventeenth century pamphlets revealing the popular press's obsessive concern with female violence--usually domestic--and a discussion of the texts' historical and cultural contexts"--Provided by publisher.

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1 Women's crimes in the popular press 3
2 The Feme Covert uncovered : representations of murderous wives 19
3 Bloody mothers : representations of child murder 41
4 "To avoid their shame" : representations of infanticide 61
5 The popular press and providence : explaining the miraculous recovery of Anne Greene 83
A true discourse of the practises of Elizabeth Caldwell 103
The adulteresses funerall day 128
Murther, Murther : or, a bloody relation how Anne Hamton, dweling in Westminster nigh London, by poyson muthered her deare husband 141
A hellish murder committed by a French midwife 146
A pittilesse mother, that most unnaturally at one time, murthered two of her owne children 178
Blood for blood, or : justice executed for innocent blood-shed 188
Fair warning to murderers of infants 216
The bloudy mother 240
Deeds against nature, and monsters by kinde 256
Natures cruell step-dames : or, matchlesse monsters of the female sex 266
Newes from the dead : or a true and exact narration of the miraculous deliverance of Anne Greene 278
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