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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198207818
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • 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

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Introduction 1
1 Agnes Bowker's Cat: Childbirth, Seduction, Bestiality, and Lies 9
2 Monstrous Births and Credible Reports: Portents, Texts, and Testimonies 29
3 Mercy Gould and the Vicar of Cuckfield: Domestic and Clerical Pleading 51
4 Rose Arnold's Confession: Seduction, Deception, and Distress in the Heart of England 73
5 The Essex Abortionist: Depravity, Sex, and Violence 76
6 Another Midwife's Tale: Alcohol, Patriarchy, and Childbirth in Early Modern London 84
7 Cross-Dressing in the Birth Room: Gender Trouble and Cultural Boundaries 92
8 Who Buried Mrs Horseman? Excommunication, Accommodation, and Silence 116
9 Mocking the Clergy: Wars of Words in Parish and Pulpit 138
10 The Atheist's Sermon: Belief, Unbelief, and Traditionalism in the Elizabethan North 162
11 Baptized Beasts and Other Travesties: Affronts to Rites of Passage 171
12 The Battle of the Altars: Turning the Tables and Breaking the Rails 186
13 The Portraiture of Prynne's Pictures: Performance on the Public Stage 213
14 The Downfall of Cheapside Cross: Vandalism, Ridicule, and Iconoclasm 234
15 The Adamites Exposed: Naked Radicals in the English Revolution 251
Conclusion 281
Notes 286
Index 343
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