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Trials of Frances Howard : Fact and Fiction in the Court of King James

Trials of Frances Howard : Fact and Fiction in the Court of King James - 96 edition

Trials of Frances Howard : Fact and Fiction in the Court of King James - 96 edition

ISBN13: 9780415144247

ISBN10: 0415144248

Trials of Frances Howard : Fact and Fiction in the Court of King James by David Lindley - ISBN 9780415144247
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1996
International: No
Trials of Frances Howard : Fact and Fiction in the Court of King James by David Lindley - ISBN 9780415144247

ISBN13: 9780415144247

ISBN10: 0415144248

Edition: 96

Summary

'A Wife, A Witch, A Murderess and A Whore' refers to the great scandal of Frances Howard, convicted in 1616 of murder with her husband, the Earl of Somerset. Howard was branded as a 'lewd woman', as well as the the more unsavory epithets comprising the title, and became an icon of female villany. Has she been misjudged? In a fascinating examination of both the historical evidence and cultural representations of Howard, David Lindley presents important new insights into the case against her. In doing so he radically challenges the assumptions which have constructed Howard as a deviant woman, raising questions not only about the perception of women in the 17th century, but how society continues to do so.

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