Agnes Bowker's Cat Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England

ISBN-10: 0192825305
ISBN-13: 9780192825308
Edition: 2001
Authors: David Cressy
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Description: "What a world is this? It is marvelous, it is monstrous! I hear say there is a young woman, born in the town of Harborough, one Bowker, a butcher's daughter, which of late, God wot, is bought to bed of a cat, or have delivered a cat, or, if you  More...

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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

"What a world is this? It is marvelous, it is monstrous! I hear say there is a young woman, born in the town of Harborough, one Bowker, a butcher's daughter, which of late, God wot, is bought to bed of a cat, or have delivered a cat, or, if you will, is the mother of a cat! Oh God!" William Bullein - Dialogue Against the Fever Pestilence (1578) David 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.

List of illustrations
Introduction
Agnes Bowker's Cat: Childbirth, Seduction, Bestiality and Lies
Monstrous Births and Credible Reports: Portents, Texts and Testimonies
Mercy Gould and the Vicar of Cuckfield: Domestic and Clerical Pleading
Rose Arnold's Confession: Seduction, Deception and Distress in the Heart of England
The Essex Abortionist: Depravity, Sex and Violence
Another Midwife's Tale: Alcohol, Patriarchy and Childbirth in Early Modern London
Cross-Dressing in the Birth Room: Gender Trouble and Cultural Boundaries
Who Buried Mrs Horseman? Excommunication, Accommodation, and Silence
Mocking the Clergy: Wars of Words in Parish and Pulpit
The Atheists Sermon: Belief, Unbelief and Traditionalism in the Elizabethan North
Baptised Beasts and Other Travesties: Affronts to Rites of Passage
The Battle of the Altars: Turning the Tables and Breaking the Rails
The Portraiture of Prynne's Pictures: Performances on the Public Stage
The Downfall of Cheapside Cross: Vandalism, Ridicule and Iconoclasm
The Adamites Exposed: Naked Radicals in the English Revolution
Conclusion
Index

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