Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England / Edition 1

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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.

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"Cressy's endnotes are copious and his writing is exemplary, both erudite and fun to read. [This book] deserves the highest praise and placement on the bookshelves of anyone interested in Tudor-Stuart society."—History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198207818
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cressy is Professor of History at Ohio State University, USA

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
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

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