The Trials of Frances Howard: Fact and Fiction at the Court of King James [NOOK Book]

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It was the greatest scandal of the Jacobean age. In 1616, Frances Howard and her husband, the Earl of Somerset, were found guilty of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. Already vilified as a consequence of the annulment of her first marriage. Frances Howard was branded 'a lewd woman', 'a wife, a witch, a murderess and a whore', and has gone down in history as the epitome of female villainy. But has she been misrepresented? In a fascinating examination both of the historical evidence and of the cultural assumptions...
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The Trials of Frances Howard: Fact and Fiction at the Court of King James

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Overview

It was the greatest scandal of the Jacobean age. In 1616, Frances Howard and her husband, the Earl of Somerset, were found guilty of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. Already vilified as a consequence of the annulment of her first marriage. Frances Howard was branded 'a lewd woman', 'a wife, a witch, a murderess and a whore', and has gone down in history as the epitome of female villainy. But has she been misrepresented? In a fascinating examination both of the historical evidence and of the cultural assumptions which conditioned the perception of Frances Howard, David Lindley presents important new insights into the case against her. In doing so he challenges, radically, the assumptions which have constructed Howard as a deviant woman, raising questions not just about how women were perceived in the seventeenth century, but how society still judges women today. Not just a historical biography, The Trials of Frances Howard is also a close examination of the relationship between history and literature, the place of women in society and the way in which judgements of the law are bound up with politics and ideology.
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Examines the historical evidence and cultural assumptions influencing the perception of Frances Howard, radically challenging the assumptions which have construed her as a deviant woman and raising questions about how women were perceived in the 17th century and how society judges women today. For scholars of 17th-century England. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135082239
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The first trial: An arranged marriage 13
2 Interlude: Filling in the blanks 43
3 The second trial: Seeking an annulment 77
4 Interlude: Celebration 123
5 The third trial: Murder 145
Epilogue 193
Notes 197
Index 219
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