A major survey of representations of adultery in later seventeenth and early eighteenth-century England brings together a wide variety of literary and legal sources, it charts and explains shifts in the understanding of marital infidelity. It examines, in particular, challenges to religious perceptions of sexual sin and the development of a more rational understanding of the causes and consequences of adultery.
About the Author
David M. Turner is Lecturer in History, University of Glamorgan. He was educated at Oxford and Durham Universities, and was awarded the first Past and Present Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, London. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Note on the text; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Language, sex and civility; 2. Marital advice and moral prescription; 3. Cultures of cuckoldry; 4. Sex, death and betrayal: adultery and murder; 5. Sex, proof and suspicion: adultery in the church courts; 6. Criminal conversation; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.